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Sonia, Modi’s rally in Balasore on April 11

Congress president Sonia Gandhi would address election rallies in Mayurbhanj and Balasore on April 11 (Friday). Earlier, she was scheduled to visit the state on April 10, party sources informed on Tuesday.

The change in the tour schedule of the Congress president, is believed to counter the impact of Modi’s Odisha visit and to salvage the position of the party’s Lok Sabha candidate Srikant Jena whose fortune in his old seat appears to be dipping by the day.

BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi will also be visiting Balasore on the same day to campaign for party’s Lok Sabha candidate Pratap Sarangi who is gaining in strength across the seven assembly segments.

Senior BJP leader and Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj is also scheduled to visit Odisha on April 10. Swaraj, leader of the opposition in the outgoing Lok Sabha, will hit the campaign trail in Rairangpur, Anandpur and Mahakalpada.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is also likely to address an election meeting in coastal Odisha. However, the dates and places of the election meetings to be addressed by the Prime Minister and Rahul are yet to finalised.

Sonia Gandhi and Narendra Modi

Either Rahul or Singh will address a meeting at Cuttack. If the Prime Minister is not able to make it to Cuttack, Rahul or any other senior Congress leader will visit the constituency. Popular Odia cinestar Aparajita Mohanty has been fielded by Congress from the Cuttack Lok Sabha constituency against BJD sitting MP Bhartruhari Mahtab.

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  1. It stays beyond my understadning how we can simply hear this so called BIG people of India political circle to come here and ask for votes in exchange of promises which will never be kept. Balasore’s people are poor with no or very little government infrastructure at their disposal. So called Mr. Modi or Sonia Gandhi will forget Balasore post their rallies. What we the people of Balasore need is a local person who can take this region ahead. RK Jena is a successful person and is the right person to be an MP of Balasore.

  2. My support is for BJD and Shri RK Jena. Balasore need a person from Balasore to understand its problem. For me there is no better choice than Shri Rabindra Jena

  3. As rightly mentioned above…Srikant Jena is a sinking ship after being an absent MP for last 5 years. I am sure visits of these biggies can save this boat..Srikant could well be contesting for the last time from Balasore which will prove a disaster for him and his political career.

  4. Srikant Jena has won Election in 2009 and has never looked back at the constituency. We people of Balasore have been cheated for voting for Congress. These Congress leader/s belief in doing ‘capital’ politics and remain in Delhi throughout there tenure. This time, our vote will go to our own party, who remain here, who work here. Naveen Patnaik, is the brightest symbol of development in India, who has turned a neglected State around and made it into a prosperous one. My vote will go to BJD candidate/s.

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