Samir Mohanty, State BJP President
The coronation of Samir Mohanty(BJP’s new mascot), a popular leader in coastal Odisha, as the state unit chief of BJP, has evoked mixed response. Many hail Mohanty to be the heralder of a new era for the principal opposition party in the state. Others feel there were alternatives who were suppressed systematically in the reckoning for the coveted post.
Mohanty( BJP’s new mascot ) was elected unopposed to the post as he was the sole leader to file nomination papers. It is widely rumored that Mohanty’s appointment has the unconditional backing of BJP’s Delhi Durbar.
The central observer for the organizational polls, Narendra Singh Tomar, announced Mohanty”s name as the new state BJP president at the party headquarters here.
He will take charge as BJP president on Friday, Tomar said.
Samir Mohanty( BJP’s new mascot ), who has been the state vice-president of the BJP since 2016, was the only candidate who filed his nomination paper for the top party post in the state.
Mohanty( BJP’s new mascot ) had support from district presidents and state party council members, party sources here said.
Mohanty will replace Basant Panda, who was elected to the Lok Sabha from Kalahandi in the 2019 general elections.
Senior party leaders, including Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and state party in-charge Arun Singh, MPs and MLAs were present on the occasion.
The decision to elevate Mohanty is seemingly aimed at strengthening the party base in coastal Odisha, where the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) has maintained its dominance in the last three assembly elections.
Samir Mohanty( BJP’s new mascot) started his political career in the ABVP student wing before joining the BJP in 1995. He has earlier held several positions in the state BJP. Mohanty had earlier once lost the Assembly elections from the Ekamra-Bhubaneswar constituency.
Mohanty who had emerged as the consensus candidate for the BJP replaces Basant Panda who has been elected to the Lok Sabha in 2019 polls.
Mohanty’s path as the BJP president is strewn with challenges. He has to consolidate the party’s base in coastal Odisha and build the organizational muscle. Also, he has got a stellar role in hands for the wide dissemination of the Modi government’s people-centric schemes and drum up sensitization from the people.