With 2019 national election already in public debate, it is now being speculated that Prime Minister Narendra Modi may contest this time from temple town of Puri in Odisha.
The buzz is due to the Modi wanting to expand his vote base in Odisha and neighboring states.
Even last time around, Prime Minister Modi had contested from Varanasi and Vadodara and later vacated the latter to retain Varanasi.
PM Modi will sound the poll bugle for 2019 elections by addressing a rally in another Odisha city of Cuttack on May 26.
The occasion this time is to celebrate four years of his government.
The BJP wishes to maximize its seat share in these four states in the 2019 general elections.
The party’s focus on Odisha is aimed at galvanising its cadre not just in Odisha but also in the neighbouring states of West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
The latest effort is also being seen in context of the fact that there is sort of a saturation point in several states such as Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat.
The BJP has emerged as the closest contender to Mamata Banerjee-led TMC in West Bengal and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s BJD.
Odisha faces Assembly election along with the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The BJP expects to defeat the ruling BJD in the state polls due to 18 years of anti-incumbency.
Patnaik has won four consecutive elections since March 2000.
Using the religious symbolism, the BJP expects to spread its wings in the four states in the East and the South in 2019.>