Even as the visit of Gujarat Chief Minister and chairman of the BJP’s national campaign committee Narendra Modi helped to activate the party’s State unit, the BJD and Congress maintained that it would have no impact on the political situation in Odisha.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister and BJD vice-president Kalpataru Das said the visit would have no impact on the people. “Some people (BJP State leaders) were very much enthused, but except that, the visit would serve no other purpose,” he said and added that the visit will in no way affect the popularity of the BJD.
All-India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary B K Hariprasad, however, did not like to make any comment on Modi’s visit to the State. “He came and went,” Hariprasad said, refusing any comment.
Senior Congress leader Niranjan Patnaik said Modi’s visit would have no impact on the people of the State. In the 2009 elections, Modi had campaigned in Odisha, but BJP candidates had lost elections in all the places where he had campaigned, Niranjan said.
Stating that people of Odisha do not cast their votes basing on caste and religion, Niranjan said Modi’s development model has no relevance for Odisha.