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Odisha Urban Poll Results: A call for introspection

 

Posted Wednesday July 06, 2016

Odisha, Politics, Urban Poll 2013  
 
Congress party has lost many of ULBs to its dissidents primarily because of internal conflict and leadership issues. While speaking in a TV show, a Congress leader blamed the ruling BJD party leaders and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for fraudulently taking the credits and electoral benefits of central government grants and schemes.  

Basudev Mahapatra

 
 

The results of recent urban local body elections in Odisha might have offered a few reasons to ruling party (in the state) Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and opposition Congress to console, but it has certainly posed many reasons for all the parties to introspect and reform before the forthcoming general polls.

The BJD has bagged 41 ULBs with a clear majority. However, the party is in a position to have its hold in four more ULBs where it needs support from only one more elected independent member.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is in a hopeful position in Rairangpur NAC (Notified Area Council) of Mayurbhanj district where it needs support from the only independent winner to prove its majority.

 

Congress has got clear majority in10 ULBs and is expected to get hold of another 3 if it manages to win the support of independent winners.

Even though the tally against the 2008 urban poll result has improved for BJD and Congress, the result of recent ULB poll has left almost all political parties to review the performance of the leaders and initiate exercise to face the forthcoming general polls.

For BJD, which has won in maximum numbers of ULBs, the loss in Pipili, Nayagarh, Digapahandi and Jagatsinghpur is certainly a matter of concern as the ULBs are part of the constituencies of some of party’s most trusted leaders like Pradip Maharathi, Arun Sahu, Surya Narayan Patro and Bishnu Das. Arun sahu and Surya Narayan Patro are now ministers in Naveen’s cabinet.

So, BJD must evaluate if the leaders have distanced from the voters or if the leaders, quite satisfied with their ministerial berths, have not given any serious attention to the local issues.

On the other hand, the Congress party has lost many of ULBs to its dissidents primarily because of internal conflict and leadership issues. One Congress leader, while speaking in a TV show, blamed the ruling party leaders and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for fraudulently taking the credits and electoral benefits of central government grants and schemes. Such a statement also explains the failure of congress leadership in convincing people about various welfare programmes of the UPA government led by their party at the centre.

The Rahul magic and all the exercises made by party’s young brigade didn’t work to match the expectations. The biggest challenge before Congress leaders is to find out the reasons of such failure and ensure a better performance in the forthcoming general polls.

BJP performed the worst. In spite of several issues raised and scams uncovered by state BJP leaders since Naveen started his third term as Chief Minister, performance of the party is no better than frustrating. The Modi fever seemed to have failed grossly in saving the face of the party’s Odisha unit in the recent urban poll.

So, for BJP, it’s really a warning call to go deep into the reasons and make the Odisha unit ready to fight an electoral battle in the state.

 
 

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