New BJD Poll Strategy: Biju Pledge To Keep Flock Together Ahead Of Odisha Elections

Bhubaneswar: The BJD has turned to Biju Patnaik, the legendary leader after whom the party has been named, to instill better discipline among its flock with Odisha witnessing a never-before-seen ‘Aaya Ram Gaya Ram’ politics ahead of the twin elections.

In the run-up to Biju babu’s 27th death anniversary on Wednesday, BJD leaders and workers at different places took oath in his name to abide by the party discipline and work for the welfare of the people of Odisha. The party workers also took pledge to uphold the interest and self-respect of the state in its efforts towards building a ‘Nabin Odisha’.

Of late, the BJD has, after a hiatus, brought back Biju images to its posters ostensibly to counter the Odia Asmita campaign launched against it by rival BJP.

Reports and videos of local leaders administering such oaths to party workers have emerged from several districts, including Nayagarh and Ganjam. Nayagarh Zilla Parishad member Subash Kanhar allegedly made some sarpanchs and panchayat samiti members take a vow to vote for BJD and its MLA nominee Arun Sahoo. A complaint has also been lodged with the district collector since a lecturer was present on the occasion.

BJD’s Rangeilunda block president Ajit Das was also seen administering a religious vow to some BJD workers and common people to vote for the BJD in the elections at Bhaliagad Thakurani temple at Rangeilunda under Goplapur Assembly constituency.

While Opposition parties claimed that it is against the model code of conduct, the BJD has termed these allegations as baseless. “Committed to the party and development of Odisha, the party workers take such pledge and this year too, a similar direction has been issued. There is little doubt that BJD would do well in the upcoming elections as people have accepted Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Conch, the party symbol,” said BJD MLA Prashanta Muduli.

Political analysts opine that by playing the Biju card the party is attempting to improve unity in the party, which has been witnessing a rise in instances of indiscipline, before the elections.



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