They have extended their full support to the development agenda of the BJD government in different elections.
Crowds flout COVID-19 norms at poll rallies in Odisha's Balasore, Tirtol, raise fear of virus spread
As per an analysis of new cases in last fortnight, Balasore and Jagatsinghpur contributed 1,326 and 1,136 cases respectively to the state’s tally of 30,820 cases between October 12 and 27.
Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday said he avoids physical visit to assembly segments keeping in mind the public health.
This has affected people in the three panchayats as they are completely dependent on the embankment for their movement.
They said the presiding officer is making door to door visits seeking votes for the BJD candidate.
Farmers, who form the major chunk of voters, have begun holding such meetings at various villages to put forth demands for local area development and agricultural issues.
Meanwhile, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan will campaign for the BJP candidates in Balasore Sadar and Tirtol constituencies.
This decision has led many to believe that plans are afoot for campaigning of the Chief Minister in the two constituencies.
The BJP candidate had unsuccessfully contested the 2009 and 2014 elections from Tirtol Assembly segment on Congress ticket.
Wearing of masks, provision of thermal scanning and use of hand wash or sanitiser will be made mandatory.
The BJP leaders alleged that the BJD candidate, Bijay Sankar Das, violated the COVID norms by organising a bike rally in Tirtol before filing of nomination on October 16.
Prasant Mohapatra informed that he had recommended names of all the 10 teachers of the school for poll duty.
In the last couple of days, the ruling party has convened several closed door meetings to bring the warring factions together.
The training was imparted to presiding officers and employees on use of VVPAT and EVMs to ensure free and fair polling.
Bijay came under the scanner when he failed to clarify how his son’s papers were rechecked quickly when over 8,000 candidates were in line for the process.