An electrical engineer by profession, Bishweshwar Tudu of the BJP romped home from the Mayurbhanj Parliamentary constituency traditionally considered to be bastion of the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD). At the 2019 elections, Tudu beat his nearest rival Dr Debashish Marandi of the BJD by a margin of 25,022 votes.
The colossal Modi wave and frequent visits by BJP heavyweights to the tribal dominated constituency swung the results in Tudu’s favour.
“The clean governance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, surgical strike, Swachh Bharat Mission, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, Jan Dhan Yojana, LPG connection to women and other development projects initiated by the BJP Government during its last tenure helped me win from the Lok Sabha seat. The people of my constituency wanted to see Narendra Modi re-elected as the Prime Minister. I thank them for choosing me as their representative”, he says.
Tudu is receptive to the local people’s problems relating to water, healthcare, pension, roads and electricity.
“My priority would be to make Subarnarekha irrigation project functional. Besides, I will focus on developing tourism, revival of sick industries, irrigation, agriculture, roads, electricity and education. Construction of Buramara-Chakulia, Bangriposi-Gorumahisani and Badampahar link up to Keonjhar and other railway projects are also in my list of programmes which will be taken up on priority basis. I will continue my fight against the culture of Percentage Commission (PC), prevalent in the state”, he asserts.
Earlier this month, the newly elected MP from Mayurbhanj was in the centre of a controversy when he was denied entry into the inner cordon designed for the Holy Trinity during the Rath Yatra in Baripada. Tudu said that there should be no politics over Rath Yatra, but the police and the district administration are doing politics over it. “I will take up the issue with the parliamentary committee,” he threatened.