On the eve of the World Hockey League in Odisha scheduled for January 2023, Minister Naveen Patnaik sent out invitations to a number of leaders, including almost all non-BJP Ministers.
The event, though apolitical, is viewed through a political lens, considering the list of invitees.
According to the Odisha government, the tournament will demonstrate the state’s capacity to build and support major infrastructure projects for world-class tournaments such as the World Hockey League.
The picture shows the Ministers of Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar accepting the invitation sent on behalf of Mr.
There has been a lot of political gossip about invitations to Ministers from Parliament in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Himachal Pradesh.
According to sources, they have accepted the invitation and confirmed to attend.
Mr. Patnaik, who has insisted that his party, Biju Janata Dal (BJD), is equidistant from the BJP and Congress is seen as someone the BJP can reach if needed.
The move to invite all heads of state, including Congress, BJP and other Opposition parties is seen as a move to strengthen his non-Parliamentary, non-BJP position.
West Bengal Minister Mamata Banerjee and Telangana Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao were also invited to the opening ceremony event.
Several Union Ministers including, Dharmendra Pradhan and Kiren Rijiju have also been invited.
While top BJD sources say the event is not political, the list of invitees, including political ones, shows that Mr Patnaik is a master at managing such perception. any.
Mr. Patnaik, who recently said that his party will serve the people of Odisha for 200 years, is keen to cement his image as a development-oriented politician who also cares about the people.
His plans for poverty alleviation, relief and rehabilitation have resonated nationally and internationally.
In recent years, Odisha has also received much praise for the development of sports infrastructure, especially hockey.
The world hockey tournament will be held in two cities of the state, the capital – Bhubaneswar and the steel city of Rourkela.
While the ground at Kalinga Stadium is already operational, the modern and modern Birsa Munda Stadium in Rourkela has been built amid the pandemic and will host around 20 matches during the tournament.
Estimates say it cost Odisha around Rs 261 crore. Mr. Patnaik will inaugurate the stadium in early January. About 1,200 people worked around the clock to make sure the stadium was ready on time.
The stadium can accommodate more than 20,000 spectators and will be one of the largest hockey stadiums in India.
Accommodation for 225 players and support staff has also been built to house the players and support staff as Rourkela is unable to accommodate the urgent needs the city will witness in time. the world cup takes place.
The Taj Group will manage the Rourkela facility.
Rourkela has around 60 hotels of various capacities and all are expected to be sold out during the tournament.
Rourkela Airport has also been upgraded to accommodate the World Cup and will be able to accommodate ATR 72 aircraft after expanding runways and passenger facilities.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has issued a permit for the airport, getting ready for the opening along with the stadium.
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