Under Current In Phase I

With the much awaited polling for the first phase of polling ends on Thursday evening, the political parties have made claims in their favour.

All the three major parties- BJD, Congress and BJP claimed that they have "performed well" in the elections.

However, nobody made the real assessment at the ground level.

One should not ignore that there were two under currents flowing the four Lok Sabha constituencies like Koraput, Kalahandi, Nabarangpur and Berhampur and assembly segments under their jurisdiction.

The two factors are:

(1) Naveen’s high acceptance among the women voters and his popularity.

(2) Young voters support to Narendra Modi’s air strike inside Pakistan.

Both the factors worked effectively in the twin elections for which polling was made today.

Naveen’s acceptability among the women voters should not be ignored because, women voters outnumber their male counterparts in the first phase polling. While there are above 29 lakh women voters, the number of male votes is little more.

Similarly, the first time and youths voters within the age group of 35 support Mr.Modi because of the IAF’s bravery beyond the borders.

These two factors should be taken into consideration when making any calculation on the possible outcome of the first phase polling.

"I expect, the results to be better than the 2014 polls," BJD President Naveen Patnaik told reporters.
BJP Odisha in-charge Arun Singh also made similar claims and said his party would win the elections in Odisha with two-third majority in the State Legislative Assembly.

OPCC President Niranjan Patnaik said: "The Congress candidates will win 18 out of the 28 assembly seats where polling was held on Thursday.

In 2014 elections, BJD had won all the four Lok Sabha seats - Berhampur, Nabarngpur, Kalahandi and Koraput.

Of the 28 Assembly segments where polling was also held in the first phase Thursday, the ruling BJD had 20 MLAs while six Congress candidates won in the 2014 assembly elections. BJP had only two MLAs.

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