Paradip, May 24 (LocalWire): Several Central government schemes were implemented in the district eyeing the elections but proved of no great help for the BJP as party candidates in all four Assembly seats and Lok Sabha seat failed to open their innings.
Frequent visits by Union ministers to inaugurate and lay foundation stones of development projects especially in Paradip, local BJP leaders’ awareness campaigns on different Central government schemes like cooking gas (Ujjwala Yojana) crop insurance (Fasal Bima Yojana) in rural areas also failed to garner voters in favour of BJP candidates.
Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had laid the foundation stone of 15-million-tonne Paradip Refinery of IOCL, the largest in eastern coast in May 2002 and Narendra Modi inaugurated it in 2016 at the cost of Rs 34,555 crore.
Polypropylene (PP) Plant, a mega Indian Oil project, foundation stone laying of Monoethylene Glycol plant, setting up new 0.6 MMTPA capacities LPG Import Terminal, MoU for setting up air strip in Paradip, MoU signed between IOCL and National Skill Development Corporation, distribution of sanitary napkin vending machines to women groups, distribution of aids and assisting devices to 518 handicapped persons.
These projects and other developmental activities did not bring any changes in the rural areas to help BJP candidates win.
In Paradip, BJP candidate Sampad Swain, who was sure of a victory, has been defeated by his rival BJD MLA candidate Sambit Routray with a huge margin of 34842 votes. Fraction and intra party conflicts, aspirant BJP candidate Gatikrushan Satpathy’s joining the BJD and campaign against BJP candidate Swain are the main causes of defeat of BJP in Paradip.
In Balikuda Erasama seat, BJP leader Damador Rout, who vowed to bloom louts (the symbol of BJP) in saline water was defeated by his rival BJD MLA candidate Raghunadana Das by 66153 votes.
Intra party conflict, no coordination with BJP supporters and defection are also the main cause for his defeat. Even though Rout won this seat five times earlier, it wasa challenging task this time.
In Tirtol assembly seat, BJP rebels under the banner of Sarala Mandal, had strongly protested the MLA candidature of Ramakant Bhoi who has been defeated by BJD candidate Bishnu Das.
Fraction and internal conflict created hindrances for Bhoi to win this seat.
Fraction had erupted in Jagatsinghpur Assembly seat in which BJP candidate Satyabrat Mohapatra suffered a setback and was defeated by BJD’s Prasant Muduli.
BJP’s Bibhu Prasad Tarai who contested from Jagatsinghpur Parliamentary seat after resigning from the Congress lost. The voters did not accept him for frequently defecting parties.