Ahead of the Panchayat polls due early next year, the ruling BJD on Sunday launched a “Jan Sampark Padayatra” to highlight the State government’s welfare programmes and the alleged “anti-Odisha” stand of the Centre on the Mahanadi river water and Polavaram issues.
The month-long mass contact programme to be carried out across the State was kicked off by Chief Minister and BJD chief Naveen Patnaik at Samantarapur Nuagaon area here on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti.
The padayatra is aimed at informing people about State government’s welfare programmes and also the Centre’s “neglect” particularly on the Mahanadi river and Polavaram issues, Mr.Patnaik said. “Our programme for one month has begun so well,” he said.
State Tourism Minister Ashok Panda said the padayatra, launched in the Ekamra Assembly constituency in presence of the Chief Minister and other senior leaders, was not just confined to the march, but would be turned into a “Sankalp Yatra”.
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