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Is Naveen Patnaik’s Road Show Changing The Political Equations In Kendrapara?


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27 April 2019

Biswaprakash Beja


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Kendrapara: With the opposition, especially the BJP, claiming to wrest the stronghold from BJD this time as BJP’s MP candidate Baijayant Panda had been the two-time BJD MP earlier and BJP is pinning its all hopes on him, BJD’s numero uno star campaigner-cum-Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s mega road show here in the district today is being deemed to play spoilsport on the opponent’s poll strategy yet again.   

Kendrapara is dubbed to be the citadel of legendary statesman and former Odisha Chief Minister Biju Patnaik, the icon of Biju Janata Dal (BJD) led by his son as well as four-time Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

Thus, this parliamentary constituency along with its assembly segments has been the BJD’s bastion since long.

A glance at today’s road show here and the spontaneous response of the rush of crowd was quite evident that late Biju Babu and his legacy’s scion Naveen Babu still rule the head and heart of the people here.

Since Naveen Patnaik has been reiterating amiably that the 4.5 crore people of Odisha are his family, the people here were seen curiously waiting along the roadside despite sizzling summer and prevailing heatwave condition.

While interacting with them, most of them lauded Naveen for his service to Odisha as well as Centre’s repeated negligence.

Young Jyotirmayee Das of Pattamundei said, “Today Naveen Babu is visiting Kendrapara’s Pattamundei. We welcome him. We’ll cast votes in his favour and make him victorious.”

“I’m a first time voter. He has done a lot for our youths and we believe that he will do much more for us. The previous representative hasn’t done anything for our Pattamundei. Hence, this time we’ll make the present BJD candidates victorious,” she asserted.

Khara Dei said, “Whatever Naveen has done is all good. He has delivered everything to us. Our Naveen Bhai is good. We’ll vote for Naveen, for conch symbol.”

Manjulata Dalei said, “We’re standing here in the sun because he (Naveen Patnaik) is helping us a lot. He has given us Re 1 rice, supporting in the education of our children, pregnant mothers are being taken care of, even during the delivery, financial support to the new born. He is our ‘annadata’ (livelihood support). For him only, we have flourished today in our life. He has opened our eyes.”

She further made it clear, “Candidates of other parties have done nothing for us. What were we 20 years back? See what we are today. We very well realize it. It’s final that we’ll vote for Naveen,”

A local woman named Tapan said, “We are waiting here even in the sun to see Naveen as he is visiting our area. He has done everything for us for our basic amenities and other needs of livelihood.”

A local male member said, “Everyone is here excited as Naveen Babu is visiting us. This place is hugely crowded. I’m very happy. I pray before God to make Naveen Babu come out victorious this time once again.”

A local woman muttered, “Naveen is like our parents, we’re his children. He is helping us in every respect. We had nothing earlier and our children were unable to study. He has supported our children’s education starting from the school to college. Thus, Naveen Government is the best. When he is here, we haven’t any problem. We need no one else.”

Another local old woman reacted, “Naveen has done everything for us. Given us Re 1 rice, allowance, homestead plot, and all. We are being supported a lot from the Mission Shakti.”

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