Bhubaneswar, Jan 15: The joint campaign of Congress and Left parties, which was scheduled to be held on January 17, has been deferred.
On January 17, Odisha government has planned to inaugurate the Srimandir Parikrama Prakalpa at Puri.
So, the Congress party did not want to launch the joint campaign on the day of the Parikrama project inauguration. Because the party leaders apprehend that the program may not appeal to the people of Odisha.
Though such a statement has not been given by any Congress leader, the scheduled program may be rescheduled to any other day.
On the other hand, the Left parties had desired to organize a joint campaign to start on January 17.
The state government and BJD have already planned to celebrate the inauguration of the Srimandir Parikrama Prakalpa at Puri with fun fare. The ruling party has organized to celebrate the Srimandir Parikrama Prakalpa program in every village in the states.
The celebrations are also going to be held at the block and district levels. Besides, cultural activities with the ‘Prasad sevan’ program will be held at all Jagannath temples across the state.
So, Congress has strategically deferred the joint campaign date as it is likely to create confusion among people.
The Congress party, two months back, had also organized Tulasi yatra to Puri. During the yatra, Congress leaders and workers collected basil leaves from villages across the state. They had handed over the basil leaves at Puri Shree Jagannath temple. The Congress party is also playing soft on Hindutwa politics in Odisha. If a joint campaign along with the Left parties is held on the same day, it may create confusion among the people, a senior Congress leader said.