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Orissa BJP state executive meet tomorrow

The meeting of the BJP state executive beginning in Rourkela on Saturday would discuss the election strategy and names of possible candidates for the Assembly and LS elections.

india Updated: Jun 27, 2008 21:00 IST

The two-day meeting of the state executive of BJP beginning in Rourkela on Saturday would discuss the election strategy and names of possible candidates for the Assembly and Lok Sabha elections, state party president Suresh Pujari said on Friday.

He claimed the ruling BJD-BJP alliance in Orissa under the leadership of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik will fare better in the coming polls than the last elections in the state.

Pujari said much care would be taken in the ensuing elections as the party and alliance partner BJD had lost several seats by narrow margins in the last election.

The party would discuss the prospective candidates taking winning prospects into account and later sit with the BJD leaders to finalise the party nominees, he said.

In view of delimitation of seats, 141 of the 147 Assembly constituencies and almost all the 21 Lok Sabha seats had been affected, he said.

The performance of the coalition government in Orissa, price rise and growing Maoist menace would be the election issues, he said.

He ruled out any negligence of the districts of western Orissa and said the state government had provided Rs 100 crore to Western Orissa Development Council (WODC).

On the issue of leasing out mines in Gandhamardan hill of Bargarh district and Khandadhar in Sundargarh to private companies, BJP leader said the government should take people into confidence before taking any decision.

Gearing up for Lok Sabha as well as assembly polls in Orissa due next year, BJP stalwart LK Advani would launch BJD-BJP combine's campaign on June 29 by addressing a public meeting here in the presence of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.