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Eye On Tribal Vote, BJP's Two-Day State Executive In Baripada From Today

The saffron party's decision to hold the meet in Mayurbhanj is being seen as an attempt to further strengthen the organisation at the grassroots level after it won 48 of the 56 Zilla Parishad (ZP) seats in the district in panchayat polls. Notably in 2012, the party had won only one seat, while the ruling BJD got 40, followed by Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) 10 and Congress 2. Three seats were won by independent candidates.

More so, since tribals constitute 22.85 per cent of the State's total population, the party is now eyeing on the tribal vote bank that would play a decisive factor in the 2019 general elections.

Besides, at the National Executive, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked the party brass to value Jan, Van and Jal Dhan (people, forest and water) in his address to the national executive, a message aimed mainly at tribals.

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