Political activities hots up in Orissa

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Bhubaneswar, Oct 1 (UNI) Much heat has been generated in Orissa politics following the fluid political situation at the national level and the recent merger of the state JD(S) and regional political outfit Orissa Gana Parishad (OGP) with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).

Almost all the political parties were now gearing up their party activities in the event of a possible election in the near future.

The ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) today decided to undertake a state wide padayatra to educate the people about the achievements of the government and launch a massive membership drive.

The main objective of the yatra to begin from Gandhi Jayanti tomorrow is to keep relation with the common people and strengthen the party organisation.

Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik would lead the Padayatra at Gadakana village on the outskirts of the capital city tomorrow, party sources said.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the district party presidents, presided over by Mr Patnaik.

The BJD district party chiefs were asked to ready for the elections and initiate steps to counter the propaganda being made by the Opposition to defame the government.

Hinting that the party was ready to face the election, Mr Patnaik asked the party activists to supervise various developmental projects undertaken by the government.

BJP state Legislature leader B B Harichandan said his party was expecting a mid-term election in the wake of the political situation prevailing in the country now.

Meanwhile, keeping the election in view the Congress had made some changes in its organisational set-up. Party Working Committee member in charge of Orissa Ajay Makan arrived here today on a two-day visit to the state to boost the moral of the party leaders and workers.

He would lead a peace padayatra from the state party headquarters to Dhauli tomorrow and participate in a number of other programmes, including a visit to Kashipur, where recently a large number of tribals died of cholera after the disease assumed an epidemic form.


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