BJP has decided to run alone in upcoming Lok Sabha race in the state saying that it does not want to fall in the situations like 2009 when BJD broke its alliance with BJP accusing it of Kandhmal riots. Party state President K V Singhdeo denied alliance with Odisha Jan Morcha. BJP is trying to thrive on the wings of NaMo which has so far failed to make any impact in Odisha.
Recent state ULB and Rajya Sabha poll results showed BJP in poor condition where either it got very little or failed completely. Out of four Rajya Sabha seats, BJD won three and Congress one though BJP had voted in favour of BJD candidate, a failed attempt to stop Congress from winning that one seat. Though the NaMo's Bhubaneswar rally reportedly gathered a crowd of nearly two lakh people and so does RaGa’s rally and Naveen’s every rally in any part of the state.
The recent floor crossing activity in the state has made BJD stronger as Odisha opposition leader Bhupinder Singh and Congress legislature party secretary Anup Sai have joined BJD. This has deteriorated Congress prospect and also has weakened BJP's stand against BJD.
This time, Odisha has got 17 lakh new voters out of which nearly 10 lakh are first time voters. Modi has successfully lured a part of younger generation in urban areas. It will be important to see whether he will be able to grab the attention of Odia youth and elders to boost his party’s prospect in upcoming elections.
NaMo’s tea is still cold in the state and BJP rigorously need a 'thermos' to keep it warm for quite a long time.
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