Bhubaneswar, Jan 14: In the lead-up to the upcoming general election and state assembly election, the Dhenkanal district has become a battleground for a fierce poster war and contentious political tactics.
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Since the commencement of the New Year, the landscape of various assembly segments in the Dhenkanal district has been dominated by the proliferation of banners belonging to politicians. The city of Dhenkanal itself is now adorned with an abundance of banners, posters, and billboards, strategically placed by leaders and activists representing various political parties.
Prominent focus areas for these political displays include the main streets of Dhenkanal Township, Kaimati Square, Gandia Block, Joranda, and the primary roadside along NH. Prospective candidates and party ticket aspirants have spared no effort in showcasing themselves in these key locations.
However, amidst this political fervor, instances of vandalism have marred the landscape, with individuals displaying a disdainful attitude tearing down banners and posters of politicians. Notably, banners belonging to prominent figures such as MLA Saroj Samal, ex-MLA Naveen Nanda, and BJD district working President Debiprasad Bhutia have fallen victim to these acts of destruction.
In a recent incident, the large banner of Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan found itself obscured by a banner from the health department, adding a layer of complexity to the ongoing episode of the poster war.
The competition between the BJD and BJP has been particularly conspicuous in this poster war, while the Congress seems to be lagging behind in this vibrant display of political messaging. Additionally, banners and slogans from leaders affiliated with the Aam Admi Party have also found their place in the city's political landscape. The run-up to the elections in Dhenkanal district is undeniably marked by both the visual spectacle of political campaigning and the less savory aspects of public sentiment playing out through acts of vandalism.