Bhubaneswar, May 24 (LocalWire): Women voters have played a key role in Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s election victory in 2019. Patnaik’s women and farm centric schemes and announcement of 33 per cent reservation for women in the Lok Sabha and assembly have been a game-changer.
Schemes like “Pitha” and “Kalia” were well received by the public, and were instrumental in drawing more voters to the party. Patnaik will be sworn in as CM for fifth consecutive term with this victory.
BJD had fielded 70-year-old Pramila Bisoi from the prestigious Aska Lok Sabha seat. Many people in the party had questioned the rationale for selecting a school dropout from the constituency. The choice paid off well and shows Patnaik’s team-building skills from his long experience as chief strategian in elections.
According to the latest trends, the septuagenarian was leading with more than 1,50,000 votes from Aska.
Rajashree Mallick, another BJD woman candidate, who’s contesting from Jagatsingpur seat, was leading with 1,70,000 votes. Similarly, Sarmistha Sethy was leading with 100,000 votes from Jajpur.
Chandrani Murmu was leading with 50,000 votes from Keonjhar, while Kousalya Hikaka was ahead of her rival with 8,000 votes from Koraput. Manjulata Mandal was leading with 30,000 votes from Bhadrak.
BJD’s successful run in this edition of the Lok Sabha polls will send at least seven women lawmakers from Odisha to the Lower House of parliament.
BJD was part of the BJP-led NDA in 2000 and 2004 elections but its parted ways in 2009. Despite a Modi wave in 2014 elections, BJD had won 117 seats in the 146-member assembly. This time around, BJD has played the ‘women’ card and reaped rich dividends.
Patnaik had put his plan into motion almost a year when he had enrolled over 70 lakh women under his government’s flagship ‘Mission Shakti’ programme for women empowerment.
The 17th Lok Sabha elections were held in seven phases from April 11 to May 19 in all states and union territories. The counting of votes took place on May 23.