Bhubaneswar, Jan 25:Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Odisha on February 3 to dedicate the new campus of the Indian Institute of Management, Sambalpur (IIM-S) to the nation, said state BJP President Manmohan Samal on Thursday.
On this occasion PM Narendra Modi will also address a public rally in Sambalpur, the political nerve center of the western region of the state.
The visit of the PM to Sambalpur assumes a lot of significance as western Odisha region which is the bastion of the BJP. Five of the eight Lok Sabha members of the party are from western Odisha.
Speculations are rife that Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan will be the BJP nominee from Sambalpur Lok Sabha seat which is currently represented by Nitesh Gang Deb.
Prime Minister Modi laid the foundation stone of Indian Institute of Management, Sambalpur (IIM-S) new campus in 2021.
The PM was supposed to inaugurate the IIM-Sambalpur campus on December 24, 2023. However, it was deferred due to his pressing engagements.
Worth mentioning, PM Modi had visited Odisha last time on June 2023 after the Bahanaga train accident in the Balasore district,