With days to go before the announcement of election schedule, Odisha Chief Minister and BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik kicked off a poll campaign, "Ghare Ghare Shankha", (conch at every home) Tuesday, on the occasion of his father and legendary leader Biju Patnaik's 103rd birth anniversary.
Conch is the symbol of the Biju Janata Dal (BJD).
Patnaik urged people to come forward with their grievances and opinions, assuring them that some of their demands might be included in the party's poll manifesto.
"Put up conch shells at every household (ghare ghare shankha lagantu) and step forward to air your opinions and grievances. The BJD will include some of the demands in their poll manifesto in its attempt to expedite development in the state," the CM said after launching the campaign from Kantilo village in Khurda district, 22km from the state capital.
The party had said on Monday that its workers would collect feedback from all 86 lakh families in the state, which would then be included in the poll manifesto.
Odisha's sports and youth affairs department organized the annual mini-marathon on the occasion, which was attended by scores of people here.
"Remembering Biju Babu on his Jayanti. His noteworthy efforts for Odisha's development continue to be cherished by generations. He undertook numerous measures for empowerment of the poor and marginalised during his long years in public service," the PM tweeted.
The legendary leader died on April 17, 1997, in New Delhi.
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