[Watch] BJP Chief JP Nadda Arrives In Bhubaneswar; Check His Itinerary
Bhubaneswar: BJP National President JP Nadda arrived in the Odisha capital around 12.30 pm on Thursday on a two-day visit to the state.
He was accorded a grand welcome at the Biju Patnaik International Airport here by Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Bhubaneswar MP Aparajita Sarangi, BJP state president Samir Mohanty and party national vice president Baijayant Panda. This is his first visit to Odisha after assuming charge as the national president of the saffron party in 2020.
Nadda, who is expected to sound the poll bugle for 2024, will address 30,000 Shakti Kendra (booth level organisation) workers at Janata Maidan here after taking part in a roadshow from the airport to the meeting venue.
He will then discuss party affairs with MLAs, MPs and other leaders at BJP headquarters here, before leaving for Puri. After an overnight stay in the pilgrim town, the BJP chief will pay obeisance at Jagannath Temple. He will also meet the family members of late BJP leader Bishnu Sethi in Bhadrak.
Nadda will then return to Janata Maidan in Bhubaneswar again to address members of several Morchas of the party and leave for Delhi after meeting the core team of the Odisha BJP at the party office, sources said.
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To counter this show of strength by the BJP, the ruling BJD is conducting a two-day organisation meet to discuss the future roadmap and deliberate on the annual month-long Jan Sampark padayatra, starting October 2. BJD president Naveen Patnaik is expected to address party leaders and heads of front organisations at Baramunda ground here via video conference.
Coincidentally, Congress is also likely to draw plans for the Bharat Jodo Yatra to commence in Odisha from the Indira Gandhi Park in Bhubaneswar from October 31 for a period of 100 days. Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) president Sarat Patttanyak is expected to spell out the routes of the party’s localised campaign.