Bhubaneswar, Apr 27: A strong Modi wave sweeping Odisha is al likely to upset the poll prospects of ruling Biju Janata dal(BJD) as Odisha goes for fourth and final phase of elections to the remaining six Lok Sabha and 42 Assembly seats on April 29.
The hustle bustle campaigning by all the three major political parties- the BJD, the BJP and the Congress comes to an end this evening to decide the fate of 398 candidates, 52 of them for the six Lok sabha seats.
A strong undercurrent Modi wave and a high voltage campaign by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah and several top BJP leaders in odisha will give the ruling BJD a tough fight as party supremo Naveen Patnaik spearheading the campaign single handedly, is very much optimistic to retain the power for the fifth time in a row since 2000 elections.
All eyes are on the election outcome in Odisha as there has been a remarkable shift in the electioneering of the ruling BJD from the Biju babu’s unfulfilled dreams to what the party has now projected as Naveen’s Odisha.
Political observers said since 2000 Assembly elections, the BJD campaign was mostly centered on the promise to fulfilli the dreams of Biju Patnaik, the legendary personality and a household name in Odisha politics.
However, the 2019 elections,the Biju Patnaik legacy has taken a back seat in the electioneering and the central focus is on Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik with all advertisements, posters d slogan and public meetings focused on “Naveen’s Odisha, Naveen my family and conch symbol of BJD as Naveen’s symbol , Naveen ,the identity of Odisha ,Naveen’s family is Odisha family.
The BJD supremo has also projected himself as people of Odisha his family and his high command and said his interest is the interest of four and a half crore people of Odisha.
Travelling in a hi tech bus specially designed for electioneering, the BJD supremo has toured extensively covering almost all the constituencies and conducting a series of road shows seeking vote for both the Lok Sabha and Assembly.
During the fourth and final phase of electioneering while attacking the Centre and the BJP leaders for ignoring the plights of Odisha during the natural calamities and neglecting the state’s development, Mr.Patnaik has dropped a hint stating that BJD had already captured majority assembly seats to form the government.
He even went to the extent of inviting Prime Minister Narendra Modi to attend the swearing in ceremony in response to Mr.Modi’s remark that the exit of BJD is almost certain now and he would visit Odisha next to attend the swearing in ceremony of BJP.
In 2014 election, the BJD had swept the elections capturing 20 out of 21 Lok Sabha seats and 117 of the total 147 Assembly seats to retain the power for a record fourth time in a row in the political history of Odisha. (UNI)