Political Parties in Odisha Readying for a No-holds Barred Campaign

Published: 28th March 2014 01:47 AM  |   Last Updated: 28th March 2014 01:47 AM   |  A+A-

With the nominations over, political parties now are readying for a no-holds barred campaign with the BJD leading the pack by unleashing a hi-tech blitz across the constituencies.

The BJD has rolled out hi-tech vehicles with LED screen, sound system, internet connection and power backup for campaign in all the 147 assembly constituencies in the State. BJD general secretary Narendra Swain said that 29 such vehicles have started covering the constituencies which will go to polls in the first phase on April 10.

The vehicles can display electronic contents for more than three hours at a stretch. Besides, the LED screens can directly telecast content downloaded from the internet. The contents to be shown to the people comprise highlights of the BJD government’s achievements during the last 14 years of its rule in the state and Patnaik’s profile.While candidates were asked to go for their own campaign, the vehicles would campaign for the party to make its poll symbol ‘conch’.

The official website of the BJD also contains achievements of the government during the last 14 years which include anti-corruption step, feats in agriculture and women’s empowerment. BJD has also launched campaign through its Facebook and Twitter accounts which highlight the achievements of the government.

Besides, the party is also not behind in traditional campaign. Chief minister Naveen Patnaik has already launched the party’s campaign from Hinjili, his assembly constituency on Wednesday. During the two day campaign in Ganjam district, Naveen attended more than 20 public meetings and roads shows.

BJD’s list of star campaigners include cinestars including Anubhav Mohanty, comedian Tatwa Prakash Satpathy (Papu Pom Pom), Akash Dash Nayak and seasoned politcians like health minister Damodar Rout, Prasanna Acharya and Kalpataru Dash. The BJP is also preparing for a high profile campaign across the state. “The party will mostly depend on public meetings and road shows by national leaders, including Narendra Modi and national president Rajnath Singh,” Sajjan Sharma said.

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