It may be noted that Pandian, who is widely regarded as the centre of power in the government and the regional outfit party, had taken voluntary retirement from service last month when he was the Private Secretary to CM Naveen Patnaik.
Union Minister Santosh Gangwar said that those who campaigned for the Bijepur assembly bypoll on Monday felt people will vote for the BJP candidate because of the difference between 3 years of Modi rule and 18 unfruitful years of the BJD rule in the state.
Gangwar accompanied by the party candidate Ashok Panigrahi, state BJP president Basanta Panda, ex- minister Himansu Meher and many others moved around villages asking people to vote for BJP and strengthen the hands of PM Narendra Modi.
As part of the regular practice Gangwar spitted venom against the state government by highlighting its failures. Since he was concentrating in weaver concentrated areas of the constituency, he said that different welfare measures of the government of India for the weavers hardly reach Odisha due to callousness of the state government . “Government of India wants to increase the income of the weavers.
But state government is not cooperating in this regards,” he alleged. He further said that state government is taking no step to provide yarn and colour to the weavers in the subsidised rate. He also listed other failures of the governmen. Gangwar and state BJP leaders held public meetings at Bandhpali, Jalpali, Sadhupali villages and Barpali NAC area. The entire focus of the BJP was on targeting the ruling BJD and the leaders seemed to have forgotten the Congress which had won the Bijepur seat thrice in a row.