Bhubaneswar, Apr 8 UNI | 4 months ago

Senior BJP leader in-charge of Odisha affairs Arun Singh today claimed that the BJP was far ahead of the Congress and the ruling BJD in the campaign during the first phase of election in Odisha and would emerge as the number one party in the state.

Mr Singh said while BJP would get 33 per cent of votes, the other two parties BJD and the Congress would get 30 and 15 per cent of votes respectively.

He said while the vote base of the Congress and the BJD had declined, the popularity of the BJP has increased.

Mr Singh said while the BJP organised 16 rallies in the state during the first phase of elections, the Congress had held only two rallies.

The 16 rallies organised by the party were addressed by party Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, Party president Rajnath Singh, Chhatisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh and former party president M Venkaiah Naidu.

While the party activists in both the Congress and BJD were demoralised and divided the BJP party workers campaigned with great zeal and coordination.

During the campaign of the BJP attacked the Congress on corruption, misrule and inflation and held the BJD responsible for the farmers suicide, power crisis in rural areas, backwardness of the state and non-performance of the government.

The party, Mr Singh promised to give fiscal autonomy to the state and bring the backward states in the eastern region of the country at par with the western states.

The party, he said would repeat the performance in the second phase of election in the state scheduled to be held on April 17 next.

(Posted on 09-04-2014)