Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik while his visit to Deogarh and Sundergarh districts of state on Thursday has asked BJD panchayat representatives to work hard for the people to keep their faith in the party intact.
Pattnaik reviewed the poll performance of BJD in the districts where the regional party’s performance was not so impressive.
BJD had won one out of the three zilla parishad zonNaveen Pattnaikes in Deogarh district while six zones had gone to the BJP. In Sundargarh district, 14 zones out of the 35 were won by the BJD while the BJP and Congress had won 13 and 5 zones respectively. CPM, CPI and independents had won one seat each.
In the election to Panchayat Samiti Chairperson’s post, BJD supported candidates had won in one block while BJP supported candidates won in two blocks. BJD won the panchayat samiti chairperson post in seven blocks followed by Congress in six while independents had won in four blocks.
The panchayat representatives raised issues relating to drinking water shortage, health and improvement of road network in the two districts. Besides, they wanted grassroots organisation of the BJD to be strengthened.
Besides, they demanded for construction of a barrage on Koel river, a bridge on Tikira river and setting up of mega lift irrigation points and creation of irrigation facilities. The chief minister assured them that their demands will be fulfilled. He said that the next review meeting will be held after six months.
Among others present during the meeting were BJD Vice-President Surya Narayan Patro, General Secretary Debasis Samantray, Observer for Sundargarh district Prabhat Kumar Biswal, Former Minister Mangala Kissan, former minister and observer Prashant Nanda, party MLAs and senior leaders from two district.