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Dharmendra Self Contradicts Odisha Target: 78 Or 120?

30 December 2017

Tapan Das

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Bhubaneswar: It all appears as if the BJP leaders are yet to come out of the jolted hangover of Gujarat poll Pyrrhic victory as BJP’s Odisha poster boy and Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan in his media reactions have been marked amazingly torn between the two horns of seat securing dilemma in Odisha during the 2019 assembly elections.

While Pradhan, at a regional electronic media rendezvous recently, has stated that BJP is poised to form government in Odisha by securing minimum 78 seats against Amit Shah’s set target of 120, he on Saturday ironically reiterated the 120 target here on Saturday self-contradicting his own recent claims and electoral arithmetics.

During the electronic media tete-e-tete, the BJP leader was heard arguing that 99 seats gained in Gujarat was against the 150 target and accordingly against the 120 Odisha target, the saffron party is confident of clinching minimum 78 and is definitely going to form the government by wresting power from Naveen Patnaik-led BJD.

Within a few days in a week, he has once again made a volte face by harping on his party’s same string of bagging 120 seats in Odisha.

Replying to a media query if the BJP’s Odisha target is now for 78 seats or 120, Dharmendra Pradhan averred, “120 out of 120. Not a single will be slashed from our set target.”

On being prodded on his recent projection of 78 seats instead of the 120, pat came his reply, “It was with reference to the discussion on the day. Kindly refer it and you can easily know well about my mention then.”

Pradhan was interacting with media on Saturday on the sidelines of an inaugural function flanked by Union Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain at the Bhubaneswar railway station.

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Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister, Petroleum & Natural Gas