Prime Minister Narendra Modi led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) seems to have a big strategy for Odisha.
The party ambitious to oust the Naveen Patnaik led BJD Government in the next elections, has planned a series of programs ahead of its National Executive meeting on April 15 and 16 here.
The Saffron leaders and Union Ministers will hold a series of public meetings and road shows across 21 Lok Sabha constituencies of Odisha.
As many as 11 Union Ministers and ten senior MPs of the party would address the public meetings and road shows in the state, said BJP Jan Sabha coordinator and General Secretary Kalandi Samal.
He said the public meetings were being organized to thank the people of the state for their overwhelming support for BJP candidates in the panchayat elections.
BJP candidates had won in 297 Zilla Parishad seats during the recently concluded panchayat elections against their previous result of just 36 ZP seats in 2012.
The senior BJP leaders would directly interact with the people and apprise them about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s desire of making Odisha as the laboratory of development, Mr.Samal said.
The Saffron party has gained strength, particularly winning Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections after defeating the ruling Samajwadi Party.
The UP election results have shown that the BJP too can defeat the regional parties which remained difficult for the party.
Mr.Modi’s party had already tasted the strength of JD(U) in Bihar, TMC in West Bengal and even AAP in Delhi.
The regional parties like BJD are considered strong in their states. Besides Mamata Benerjee in West Bengal and Nitish Kumar in Bihar, the regional parties are solidly based in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh also.
Though Mr.Modi’s scheme of plan failed in Odisha during the 2014 general elections, the BJP headed by Amit Shah now considered that Naveen can also be defeated, thanks to the panchayat elections in Odisha which has energized the Saffron Brigade.
Though Governing BJD continued to remain as the single largest party in the state, the BJP leadership now thinks that it can easily break the regional party’s fort by different means including one by luring the BJD leaders.
The BJP’s design for weakening BJD will come to the fore as the next general elections come closer.