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Challenges For Political Parties In Odisha – 2018

31 December 2017

Soumya Ranjan Sahoo

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Bhubaneswar: With just a year to go for the General elections and the Assembly elections in Odisha, the major political parties BJD, BJP and Congress have already shifted to a pseudo-campaign mode.

On the other hand, upheavals in the political spectrum of the State, have left many takes from 2017 for the three parties.

A major turnaround was the Panchayat polls, which saw BJP emerging as the second largest party pushing Congress to the third position.

“The support and confidence of the people of the State with BJP is our strength. The issue of farmer suicides and State Government’s denial tactics is condemnable,” Odisha BJP Spokesperson,, Sajjan Sharma said.

BJP’s agenda for 2018 will be to provide pucca houses, safe drinking water, education and electricity for all, he added.

Despite Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s wave sweeping a couple of recently concluded Assembly elections, the popularity of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik continues to grow.

However, a marked difference this year has been Naveen’s proximity to social media for reaching out to masses.

“With one year remaining for the elections, governance, implementation of schemes and political activity will see a significant rise in 2018. Both the ruling party and opposition will be proactive and responsible for the whole of 2018,” BJD Spokesperson, Pratap Deb said.

On the other hand, issues surmount State Congress with internal bickering taking a toll on the century old party’s prospects.

Senior Congress leader Niranjan Patnaik said, the manner in which BJD has been ruling Odisha or the BJP heading the Centre for the past four years, neither the State nor the Country can prosper with such form of governance.

“Odisha is a rich State, but is considered to be poor at National level, for the inefficiency and apathy of leaders in power. We will reach out to the masses and revive their confidence and conviction on Congress,” Patnaik added.

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Niranjan Patnaik, Senior Congress Leader

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Pratap Keshari Deb, BJD Spokesperson

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Sajjan Sharma, BJP Spokesperson, Odisha