Pradhan tells Odisha BJP leader – The New Indian Express

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BHUBANESWAR: Union Minister and top BJP leader Dharmendra Pradhan has urged party members to focus on door-to-door campaigning in Odhisha in ensuing panchayat elections, highlighting protection programs Social Center for the State.

The state election commission has banned rallies, public meetings and road shows in Odisha following an increase in COVID-19 cases.

Pradhan, in a virtual address, told party members that young voters should also be contacted and informed about the achievements of the Narendra Modi government through “phone to phone” campaigns.

“Tell people how Prime Minister Modi has made Odisha the laboratory for the welfare of the poor,” the Union education minister said, adding that the saffron brigade should highlight the allocation “the Highest Ever” by the central government of Rs 9,734 crore for railway development in Odisha.

“The Union government has prioritized Odisha in railways, education, agriculture and several other sectors. The message must reach the local level,” he said.

Pradhan said BJP leaders in the state should also mention the “looting” of public money from the BJD in the name of development programs. The ballot will take place in five phases on February 16, 18, 20, 22 and 24.

BJP spokesman Golak Mohapatra said a number of top leaders including Pradhan, Smriti Irani, Giriraj Singh and Narendra Singh Tomar will soon start campaigning for rural elections via virtual mode. The saffron party fielded 848 candidates for zilla parishad positions out of 852 positions. The BJD has 851 candidates and the Congress 836 nominees.

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