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Bijepur By-Polls: State BJP’s Agenda To Harp On Mann Ki Baat Dampens


31 December 2017

Soumya Ranjan Sahoo


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Bhubaneswar With the slugfest over Bijepur by-elections intensifying, the State BJP made arrangement for the constituents to listen to Mann Ki Baat on Sunday.

While the people of Bijepur were expecting Prime Minister Narendra Modi make some reference to the issues of Odisha, there was no mention about the State during his one hour commentary.

“People here, anticipated some reference to Odisha but they were disappointed. The BJP made all efforts to influence the electorate, but their Central leadership has failed the strategy,” BJD MP Pratap Deb said.

On the other hand, senior Congress leader, Niranjan Patnaik said, both BJD and the BJP used money, men and resources to put an impact on the voters mind. “These two parties will not be successful in their intentions. It is only the Congress, which has reached to the grass-roots and taken a stock of the issues faced by the common man. The Congress will be victorious in the by-polls,” he said.

Union Petroleum Minister, Dharmendra Pradhan said that Prime Minister’s Mann Ki Baat is national programme which apprises citizens on Central schemes, employment, skill development, et all.

“It is not about votes. Modi Ji wished citizens for the new year and commented on multitude matters pertaining to cleanliness, women empowerment and ‘Triple Talaq bill’,” the saffron party’s poster boy in Odisha said.

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Pratap Keshari Deb, Spokesperson, BJD

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Niranjan Patnaik, Senior Congress Leader, Odisha

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Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister, Petroleum And Natural Gas