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People Rejected Negative Politics; CM

Bhubaneswar: Describing the Governing BJD’s victory in the three-tire Panchayat elections as “extraordinary and unprecedented”, BJD President and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Wednesday said the people of Odisha have already rejected the negative politics and falsehood by opposition parties. 

Mr.Patnaik said this while addressing to BJD MPs, MLAs, district presidents and party observers on preparation for elections to urban local bodies (ULBs) through video-conferencing.

The Chief Minister thanked the party workers for their hard work during the panchayat elections and people of the state for reposing confidence in his party.

Stating that the BJD believes in positive politics and works for transformative governance for people’s empowerment, the chief minister said: “The BJD has created a new record in the elections through democratic process with its landslide victory in the panchayat polls. The people across the state notwithstanding any region, have expressed their support for the BJD. This has inspired us to work more dedicatedly for the welfare of people”.

“In a democracy, the people’s voice is supreme and we respect it. Their verdict in all the panchayats is clear and unambiguous,” Mr.Patnaik said.

Mr.Patnaik informed the party leaders that the opposition would once again resort to the same negative politics and propagate falsehood against the BJD government during the ensuing urban polls. He also cautioned party men and women to remain alert to the opposition’s negative politics, lies and falsehood.

 “We have to counter them (opposition) with positive politics and good works for the people,” the BJD President told the party men asking them to win trust and confidence of people.  Asking the party men not to get worried over the opposition’s negative politics, Mr.Patnaik said: “The people of Odisha not accept these falsehood and will again reject them in the urban polls.” 

He also suggested the party leaders that transformative governance is the hallmark of BJD, which needs to be highlighted by the candidates in the urban elections. This apart, the different welfare measures taken up by the government for development of urban areas including street lights, drinking water supply, modern waste management, indoor stadium, online government services should be highlighted during the campaign for the urban polls, he said. 

Earlier, on Tuesday Mr.Patnaik wrote a letter to the party MLAs asking them to celebrate former chief minister Biju Patnaik’s 106th birth anniversary in every constituency on March 5 in simple manner adhering to the COVID-19 guidelines.

The party leaders were asked to make people aware about the visions of legendary Biju Patnaik. The ruling party is formed after the name of Biju Patnaik after his demise in 1997. 

Mr.Patnaik said that the party will also celebrate International Women’s Day in every constituency on March 8 to highlight the contributions of Biju Patnaik towards women empowerment in the state.