The BJP on Sunday exuded confidence about performing well in the ensuing election to urban local bodies in the State.
BJP State president K.V. Singh Deo, while releasing the party’s manifesto for urban poll, said the party hoped to win 25 per cent of the ULBs that were going to poll. “We have fielded our candidates in 726 seats in around 60 ULBs. Candidates have been selected keeping their winning prospects in mind. In certain pockets, we will do exceedingly well,” Mr. Singh Deo said. He said party’s had a good base in Dhenkanal, Talcher, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Nabrangpur and Koraput. “If urban polls take place in western Odisha districts, where parties boycotted election demanding permanent bench of Orissa High Court, we might win 50 per cent of ULBs,” the State BJP president said. Mr. Singh Deo criticised the action of the State Election Commission (SEC) with regard to alleged violation of model code of conduct by Steel and Mines Minister Rajanikant Singh. “We had lodged a formal complaint with the SEC on violation of model code of conduct. The SEC subsequently asked the Minister’s office to lodge a complaint. It is to be reminded that the role of the SEC is not to advise, but to take action against violators,” he said, adding that the commission was acting at the behest of the ruling Biju Janata Dal.
The State BJP chief said this time BJD was nervous. “For ULB elections, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik himself started touring different districts while Ministers and MLAs have been asked to station themselves in their respective districts. It shows the nervousness of the ruling party.” BJP’s manifesto for the urban poll promises good governance and making the ULBs self-sustained. Provision of sanitation, drinking water, health services and roads infrastructure has been given priority in the manifesto.
“Health being an essential service for the people living in the municipalities and notified council areas, we will ensure at least one affordable quality hospital for the people with alternative medicine and other State-of-the-art facilities,” it says.
Similarly, the manifesto calls for a composite plan for slum development. “Due to several factors, slums are a reality in the urban areas and are increasing by days. Keeping this in mind, we will draw a composite plan for slum development by taking all stakeholders into confidence,” the manifesto says.
BJP State president K.V. Singh Deo says the party fielded candidates in 726 seats