Odisha panchayat polls: Naveen garners votes for party candidates

Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Hinjili, Feb 11:

Odisha Chief Minister and ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) president Naveen Patnaik today embarked on a campaigning spree from Hinjili in Ganjam district two days ahead of voting for the first phase panchayat election begins in the state.

The BJD supremo landed at the temporary helipad at Hinjili this morning from where he began a road show for the three-tier panchayat poll.

“The Biju Janata Dal candidates will do very well in the forthcoming panchayat elections,” BJD chief Naveen Patnaik said.

Naveen began his campaigning from Makarjhol where he addressed a huge rally. During the road show, Naveen travelled through 33 villages including Shikari, Durbandha, Gandari, Gandala, Nimigaon, Dhinkisala, Tanhara, Narendrapur, Patharapunji, Dhanantara, Dhabalapur, Takarada, Mahupadar, Kulagada, Khirida, Bandhaguda, Baramunduli, Kumarapani, Karadakana and Pitala.

Notably, six Zilla Parishad members are contesting in Hinjili and Seragarh and 45 sarpanch candidates are contesting in these two areas. In Hinjili, Naveen campained for the party candidates vying for Zilla Parishad posts of zone 58, 59 and 60. In the post lunch session, Naveen visited Seragarh for campaigning.

Tight security arrangements were made ahead of BJD chief’s visit to Hinjili, which is represented by him.

Uncertainty prevailed over Naveen’s participation in panchayat poll campaigning till he acceded to the demands of over 100 party leaders. Though party members wanted Naveen to campaign throughout the state, the party chief only limited his visit to Ganjam district.

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