Odisha: BJP tries to connect with bypoll-bound Bijepur with PM’s radio talk

BHUBANESWAR: To create a buzz in its support in bypoll-bound segment in , the BJP on Sunday made special arrangements for the voters listen to Prime Minister ‘s ‘Mann Ki Baat‘ radio programmes at the booth level.
Union minister and the entire top brass of the state BJP were seen spread across various booths to listen the PM along with people.

Addressing a public meeting after the radio programme, Dharmendra said there is a change in the air. People of Bijepur will give a befitting reply to the Naveen Patnaik government for its 18 years of failure.

Referring to Naveen‘s announcement of a Rs 1250-crore piped irrigation project for the area in October, Dharmendra said the CM tried to befool the people by announcing a project but not making any budgetary allocation for it. “If Naveen was serious for development of the area, why was he waiting for the death of the local MLA? It has become a favourite topic for discussion in social media,” he said.

The BJP claimed people gathered in large numbers in all 270 booths. However, labour minister Susanta Singh, a key BJD leader overseeing party‘s poll preparations in Bijepur, said it was a flop show. “The BJP could manage to hold special sessions to listen the PM at around 20 places. The turnout was very poor,” Singh said.

The labour minister said the PM‘s talk was hyped as if he was going to make some announcement specifically for Bijepur. But people who listened to Modi were disappointed that he did not name even Odisha.

Though the Election Commission of India is yet to issue notification for the byelection, due after sitting Congress MLA Subal Sahu died on August 22, the various political parties have stepped up electioneering in the area. The Naveen government has announced series of sops for Bijepur including the Rs 1250 crore irrigation project and notified area council status to Bijepur panchayat.

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