sambad epaper 05/09/2016

With panchayat elections round the corner, political parties are competing to outdo each other in reaching out to people and in blame games.

Riding on the perceived anti-incumbency against the Naveen Patnaik government on its fourth term in a row, the BJP and the Congress are trying to capitalise on recent controversies such as a man carrying his wife’s body on his shoulders from Kalahandi district headquarters hospital, 18 malnutrition deaths at Nagada village in Jajpur district and killing of five persons at Gumudumaha village in tribal dominated Kandhamal district, all of which portrayed the incumbent government in poor light.

The two-day international conference on LPG on September 1 and 2 by leading oil companies here is largely being seen as a soft launch of BJP’s campaign for the rural polls by its poster boy oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan. The meet mainly showcased subsidized cooking gas for rural women ‘Ujjwala’ as a women empowerment move targeting the rural voters in mind, BJP insiders said

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