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Congress creating space for the BJP to grow in Odisha
The original space vacated by Congress' voters has been captured by the BJP in the state during last 4-5 years, and more particularly during last municipal elections.

However, the BJP should introspect at this juncture for failure of its cadres to highlight the anti-incumbency mood for mass public. The BJP may not have grown in "Sangathan " or " Karya Karta" as demanded & marketed for a massive parivartan.

In the same time BJD will again try to pass this litmus test of "Election Baitarani" on the clean & static image & reputation of Naveen Patnaik.  Whatever may be the case, the signal has already been shown at Bijepur by-election (winning by a huge margin). No such big ticket corruption issue has been levied / proved so far by the opposition to dethrone a Government.

Be it Ratna Bhandar Key issue or Fixing of Nabakalebar Brahma issue, the opposition so far has not been able to aggressively taken the government to task. In other way, BJD has smartly taken many actions like Clarification by District Collector on Ratna Bhandar Key, formation of enquiry commission etc… to keep the ball rolling for political reasons.

Many issues cropped so far on the Governance front also, like farmers' suicide, allegations of PC etc… However, the mileage of a clear cut benefits by the opposition (both BJP/ Congress) has so far not materialized to a greater extent. It further seems to be seen in the days to come as elections are still 3-4 months away, which may change the political sceanrio to a greater extent. 

The disgruntled erstwhile BJD Leaders like Baijayant Panda, Damodar Rout, Bijay Mohapatra, Dilip Ray may take crucial role in dividing the original votes for BJD to lose some constituencies. They will surely act as spoiler rather than substantial gain for opposition. 

Though Congress has taken a right step of changing the PCC Leadership, still time is very less for a solid organizational revamp to win the election. At most it may help them by gaining some vote share, which may not be converted to a significant no of assembly seats. Yes, there has been serious attempt by INC for keeping the dissidence at bay and attempt for a image makeover. 

BJP, on the other hand wants the negative sentiments of the Government to roll on till elections. Though there is a clear cut focus by the central leadership on various issues, still there are miles to go on dethroning a 18 years old Government primarily based and worked on clean image of Naveen Patnaik.

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