Prafulla Das

Its development mantra will fail like India shining slogan of NDA, say critics

They have been organising meetings without involving BJP

BJD top brass is planning to hold several such rallies in the coming months

BHUBANESWAR: The ruling Biju Janata Dal is now out to highlight the achievements of the Naveen Patnaik Government by organising public meetings in the name of Vikash Samavesh at various places in the State.

Although Bharatiya Janata Party was a partner in the two-party coalition government, the BJD leaders have adopted a selfish approach. Those running the BJD have been organising Vikash Samavesh at various locations to woo the voters ahead of the Lok Sabha and Assembly polls without involving the BJP. The BJD has so far organised four such massive public meetings where the party leaders have talked in detail about the government’s achievements during the past eight-and-a-half-years and called upon people to extend their wholehearted support to Chief Minister and party president Naveen Patnaik for all-round development of the State.

Out of the four rallies organised by the party so far the Chief Minister has addressed three – Bhubaneswar, Jeypore and Keonjhar.

He had not attended the one that was held at Jharsuguda a few weeks ago.

According to sources, the BJD top brass was planning to hold several such rallies in the coming months with the hope of widening the party base in different regions by highlighting the industrial growth and the welfare measures that the alliance government had taken for the tribals and the farmers.

But the critics were of the view that the Vikash Samavesh may prove to be damaging for the BJD at the end of the day.

They are of the view that the development mantra of the BJD will fail like the India shining slogan of the National Democratic Alliance before the 2004 general elections.

The poor people who were attending the party rallies must be wondering about the development song that the BJD was singing in its own praise, a critic pointed out. How can the BJD-BJP government talk about its achievements when the number of families living below the poverty line was on the rise in the State?

The ruling alliance may make a hat trick when the Assembly polls are held next year, but it would not be for the achievements of its government, but because of the infighting in Opposition Congress.

If Congress puts its house in order, the ruling alliance will surely find it difficult to gain majority, critics say.