The Odisha Jana Morcha (OJM), launched by BJD rebel Pyarimohan Mohapatra to reform the regional outfit from within, will organise five conventions across the State after the October 28 rally here.
Revealing the future course of action after a silence of more than two weeks, Pyari told this paper that a rally and a convention will be held anywhere in the KBK (undivided Kalahandi, Balangir and Koraput) region in three weeks of the October 28 rally.
This will be followed by another somewhere in North or Central Odisha. Pyari said a rally and convention will be held either in Sambalpur or Sundargarh district in the last week of January or beginning of February. The last convention will be in South Odisha, either in Ganjam or Gajapati district. All the conventions will be over in the next six months. Pyari on Sunday visited Burla where he attended ‘Nuakhai Bhetghat’ organised by one of his supporters, a labour leader.
RALLY PREPARATIONS: Meanwhile, preparations for the October 28 rally is going on in a bid to attract around 50,000 workers from across the State. Sources said the OJM is focusing on mobilising workers of the BJD for the rally rather than the leaders.
Supporters of Pyari who are still in the BJD are not likely to come out openly for fear of disciplinary action. The Morcha has also decided not to expose the supporters and put them in a difficult situation.
The BJD, on the other hand, is making all attempts to scuttle the rally. Sources said all the ministers and senior leaders have been asked to prevent party workers from attending the rally.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is also touring districts in a bid to neutralise any influence of Pyari on the workers. Naveen would address a public meeting at Baripada on Monday, as a part of this programme.