Paradip, Jan 2 (LocalWire) Ahead of the general and assembly elections, a poster war has started between different political party leaders in Paradip, the latest being that between local MLA Damodar Rout and his son Sambit Routray, who is state secretary of Biju Janata Dal (BJD).
As Lok Sabha and assembly poll campaigns are gaining momentum with every passing day, the poster war intensified on the occasion of New Year at village meetings and rallies.
No political party has yet finalized its candidates; but the ruling BJD, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress in the state have started coming up with posters of their leaders, randomly.
Rout was expelled from the BJD over alleged financial irregularities. For the upcoming elections, he seems to be targeting BJD supremo and Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik and party’s aspirant candidate for Paradip constituency, Cuttack-Barbati MLA Debasish Samantray over alleged corruption charges.
Meanwhile, Samantray has targeted Rout at several meetings over his alleged involvement in corruption issues.
Voters, however, feel Rout locking horns with Patnaik will only make things difficult for his son Sambit, who is expecting a party ticket for the upcoming assembly polls.
During New Year celebrations, Rout put up his banners and hoardings to greet the people on the occasion. His posters also featured former chief minister Biju Patnaik.
Earlier, his son Sambit had displayed banners and hoardings featuring Naveen and Biju Patnaik and ignoring Rout due to political rift.
When asked some voters about their preference between father and son, they said they would like to keep silent on their choices and let their votes do the talking.