Bhubaneswar, Sept 6: With the panchayat polls in Odisha due early next year, the major political parties in the state are getting into poll mode with the preparation of strategies to woo the constituents. The ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) on Sunday held a secret meeting at the Naveen Niwas here, presided over by party supreme, Naveen Patnaik, where leaders from five organizational districts participated in it. Leaders, including observers, MP and MLAs, from Bhadrak, Balasore, Nuapada, Bolangir and Kalahandi attended the same. Party sources informed the media that party president advised the members to bolster its presence at the grassroots level. The ruling party is eyeing to capitalize on the success of welfare schemes launched in the state. The mainstream political parties have already begun parleys to counter their opponents in the upcoming polls. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday decided to field candidates across all panchayats and zilla parishad zones during its Election Management Committee meeting held here.
Notably, the saffron party last month had constituted a 16-member committee to oversee the poll-related activities. Further, the party had earlier announced that it will form ‘Power Centres’ across all panchayats in the state and ‘BJP Booth Committees’ at the village level to strengthen its base. Similarly, Congress is also learnt to have formed a task force to finalize blueprint for the panchayat polls.