Bhubaneswar, Jan 1: With the general election just a few months away, the competition in the capital city's poster campaign is escalating. In the early hours, thousands of posters flood the roadside, marking the intensity of the ongoing poster fever.
This phenomenon is not confined to a specific political party; rather, it spans across all parties, with the ruling BJD party taking the lead. Every street in the capital city is now adorned with posters from aspirants seeking attention.
Individuals holding any political position have prominently displayed their names on posters, while those without official positions have suddenly transformed into social workers overnight, using New Year wishes as a pretext to put up their posters. The primary objective is to catch the eye of the party's High Command, and as a result, banners featuring images of specific leaders are prevalent.
A noteworthy incident occurred on New Year's, when BJD State Secretary Amaresh Jena displayed posters across various locations in Bhubaneswar to extend New Year wishes to voters. Unfortunately, these posters were torn down overnight.
It is worth mentioning that the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) strictly prohibits the placement of posters on walls or any public spaces. However, despite these regulations, political leaders continue to plaster posters all over the capital city. The poster war is becoming not only a symbol of political fervor but also a challenge to the existing norms and regulations set by the municipal authorities.