Pep talk & PR tips to party foot soldiers
Bhubaneswar: Chief minister Naveen Patnaik has begun the process to strengthen the BJD's position in various districts in view of the 2019 polls.
As a part of the exercise, Naveen on Saturday met party leaders from Keonjhar, Cuttack and Sundargarh districts and discussed with them various schemes.
Naveen asked the leaders to take forward the party's message of development to the grassroots.
Sources said Naveen asked the party leaders to focus on strengthening the party at the ward level to counter the move of the BJP to strengthen the saffron base.
Party leader Prashant Nanda said: "Last time, we had got 93 lakh votes. Besides retaining this, we want to add more."
He said: "The chief minister personally reviewed the party's work being undertaken at the ward level. He appreciated the leaders, who had done good work and also rebuked those who had failed to complete their assigned tasks."
Nanda said: "Once the first phase of reviews is over, the party leaders would move to the ward level and identify the supporters. We will also look into their problems and issues."
BJD vice-president Damodar Rout said: "The party is emerging stronger day by day and the BJP's dream to come to power in Odisha will remain a dream only."
Naveen also invited the party leaders to attend the BJD's 20th foundation day on December 26 in Puri.
Naveen had written letters to party leaders last week stating how with the good wishes of people from all parts of the state and with blessing of the Lord Jagannath, the BJD has been able to bring about state's all around development.
"Despite all odds the BJD government has been able to continue its journey of progress," Naveen had said.