Ahead of the national poll, the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) has decided to consult 22 political parties.
The consultations is regarding consensus on the Women’s Reservation Bill, pending in Parliament.
The parties to be consulted includes Congress and the BJP.
The BJD, headed by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, resolved at a meeting that its delegates would meet leaders of seven national parties and 15 regional parties in this regard, party leaders said.
The meeting deliberated on the party’s strategy for intensifying its campaign seeking 33 per cent reservations for women in Parliament and state Assemblies.
BJD vice-president Debi Prasad Mishra said, besides the Congress and BJP, ruling party leaders will meet representatives of the Trinamool Congress, the Bahujan Samaj Party, the CPI, the CPI(M) and the NCP.
The Odisha government had raised the reservation for women in panchayats and urban local bodies to 50 per cent from 33 per cent in 2011.>