Naveen’s Last Attempt to Woo Voters - The New Indian Express

Naveen’s Last Attempt to Woo Voters

Published: 09th April 2014 10:33 AM

Last Updated: 09th April 2014 10:44 AM

On the concluding day of electioneering, BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik addressed a number of public meetings in the district on Tuesday. He, however, cut short his visit by a few hours and skipped meetings at 10 major areas in the city.

Naveen participated in a road show in the city and addressed public at various chowks.

The Chief Minister’s rally was marred by instances of poll code violation as school students and children were involved in the procession. The children holding BJD flags were made to wait at several chowks for Naveen to arrive in the city.

The Chief Minister appealed to the voters to support BJD in the elections and contribute to the growth of the State while addressing gatherings at Sanakhemundi, Chatra and Berhampur Assembly segments.

Political analysts opined that Naveen is likely to face one of the toughest elections in his career this time.

The voters of the district, who elected 11 BJD Assembly candidates out of 13 and both the ruling party candidates from the Lok Sabha seats last time, are now in a different mood, the analysts said.

Apart from intra-party feuds, the BJD is facing anti-incumbency in the district. Besides, the Modi wave, which has caught the country in a frenzy, is also likely to affect BJD’s poll chances in the elections, political observers felt.

Sitting MP and Berhampur Lok Sabha candidate Siddhant Mohapatra is likely to face the ire of voters for his absence from the constituency most of the time during his tenure.

Mohapatra’s opponents Chandrasekhar Sahu of Congress, Ramchandra Panda of BJP and Ali Kishor Patnaik of CPM have made the sitting MP’s inability to raise vital public issues and absence from the constituency post Phailin as their poll planks.

Similarly, four-time MLA from Berhampur seat Ramesh Chandra Choupatnaik is seeking re-election from the seat on a BJD ticket. He too is facing flak for his inability to carry out developmental works in the city during his tenures. Further, the ill-health of Choupatnaik has put the BJD in a tight spot.

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