Did the BJP’s National Executive Meeting in Odisha State Capital have any impact on the State Politics?
The political pundits are making calculations as soon as the saffron party winded up its two-day session of highest policy making body on April 16 evening.
While the BJP leaders claim it to a big success and had its impact, BJD President and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik rejected it.
“The BJP Meet had no impact on the people of Odisha,” Naveen Patnaik maintained.
A close study on the BJP’s mega event, however, revealed that the Executive Meet had some impact mostly due to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s most successful Road Show and nothing else.
People in large number were happy because they saw a Prime Minister of India walking on the streets of Bhubaneswar and shaking hands with them freely.
They enjoyed his warm company and chanted "Modi" "Modi". People from farflung areas including Mayurbhanj and Malkangiri came down to Capital City to have a glimpse of their popular leader.
So far Prime Minister of India was considered as an Icon, which could be seen only from the stage during political rallies, through widow screen of cars and the people saw helicopter carrying Prime Minister over their heads.
This is for the first time, the people came to know that PM can also walk on the streets.
Mr.Modi, during his Road Show, broke security cordon and mingled with people.
Above all, Road show by politicians is a new concept. It was Congress President Sonia Gandhi who had started the Road Show for the first time in Uttar Pradesh in her Lok Sabha segment.
As she could not hold more public meeting, Road Show was the only means to reach out to the people.
Mr.Modi, as a highly intelligent politician, had been going out with Road Shows.
He held a similar Shows in Varanasi during the UP Assembly elections and reaped hugh success.
Bhubaneswar Road Show turned out to be most successful and proved that Mr.Modi is the most popular Prime Minister.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had also conducted a Road Show in his Assembly constituency of Hinjili during the recently concluded panchayat elections.
While most of the politicians undertake Road Shows in their own constituencies, Mr.Modi on experimental basis prefer the Road Shows in other places.
When nobody in the State Capital of Odisha talking about the BJP’s National Executive Meet, everyone praises Mr.Modi and recall his lively Road Show.
In a nutshell, it could be said that the BJP’s NEM had no other impact than Mr.Modi’s Road Show.