BHUBANESWAR, MARCH 4
The ruling Biju Janata Dal has embarked upon a massive programme to reach out to 86 lakh families in the state to seek their opinion before drafting its election manifesto for the upcoming Assembly and Lok Sabha polls.
Senior party leaders Arun Sahu and Sasmit Patra told reporters here Monday that Chief Minister and BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik is going to launch the programme from March 5, the 103rd birth anniversary of India’ legendary personality Biju Patnaik.
They said from Tuesday onwards BJD leaders and workers in all parts of the State will move door to door and collect opinions and suggestions from the people as to what they want the government to do for them in the coming five years.
“And at the end of this door-to-door campaign, the party’s manifesto committee will put their heads together to draft the final manifesto with objectives which will be put to action during the coming five years,” they said.
Stating that the BJD has always taken an inclusive approach for development of the State and to uplift the socio-economic condition of the people, the party leaders said their party has always accepted election manifestoes as resolutions for inclusive growth of all sections of people.
“Everybody knows what we did in the beginning of the present Assembly. The entire manifesto of the party announced before the last election was put before the House for approving its contents as a resolution of the government. Even the opposition parties cannot deny it,” they recalled.
“Some parties forget their promises given to the people during election,” the two leaders said, adding that BJD has always given priority to its promises made in the manifesto and sincerely acted to implement them.
They lambasted the BJP which “talked tall” during its election campaign in 2014 but dismayed the people after coming to power.
“BJD has never frustrated the people. It has always worked hard under the leadership of Naveen Patnaik to see the people of Odisha happy,” the two senior leaders concluded.