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08 December 2018

Ajesh Mallick

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Bhubaneswar: A day after various agencies had their exit poll predictions on the assembly elections held in Madhya Pradesh (MP), Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Telangana and Mizoram, it evoked political reactions here in Odisha today while the picture will be crystal clear on Tuesday (December 11) next week.

BJD vice-president Surya Narayan Patro said, “Battle is being fought between two national level political parties (BJP and Congress) in three States. In another two States, regional parties are in the fight.”

He stated, “As per the exit poll result of Rajasthan, there is no chance of victory for the BJP. So far the pre-poll assessment is concerned, not a single newspaper has shown that BJP is winning in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.”

“As development works and BJD is doing developmental works here in the State (Odisha), people will definitely vote for BJD, for Naveen Babu. Similar is the case with ruling TRS in Telangana. The people there have voted for development and have rejected BJP and Congress,” remarked the senior leader of regional party BJD

Congress Chief Whip Tara Prasad Bahinipati said, “Modi went on shouting ‘Achhe Din’ and came to power by garnering votes. Whatever promises he had given on employment to 2 crore youths, Rs 15 lakh in every poor man’s bank account by seizing black money, demonetization etc have utterly failed. Even GST, petrol-diesel price hike, everything has failed.”

“Modi-led BJP Government has simply befooled the people in the garb of ‘Achhe Din’ and now people have realized it well. Thus, BJP will now garner very less votes than they had had in 2014. Similarly, BJD Government in Odisha won’t be able to retain power at any cost in the next election,” the senior Congress leader averred.

On the contrary, Odisha BJP vice-president Sameer Mohanty said, “I’m hopeful that Modi’s developmental work will definitely be supported by the people in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan. BJP will form government for the fourth consecuitive term in Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. The way these two states have experienced developmental works, certainly people will be with development.”

“Anti-incumbancy factor is not there in Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. They have done a lot in the fields of agriculture, industrialization and overall development. The poor people have been benefitted there. The people are far better than Odisha. Apart from anti-incumbancy factor in Odisha, people’s verdict will also be against corruption,” he argued.

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Surya Narayan Patro, Vice-President, BJD

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Tara Prasad Bahinipati, Congress Chief Whip, Odisha

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Sameer Mohanty, Vice-President, BJP, Odisha