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Is Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik’s Fitness Video Big Jolt To Adversaries In Poll Season?


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06 April 2019

Debashish Maharana


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Bhubaneswar: In the wake of the viral video in the run-up to the general elections depicting BJD supremo-cum-Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik physically sound even amid the wild rumour spread by some of his political opponents, poll pundits today viewed it as a major setback to the bête noires as well as speaks volumes on his mental fitness for championing Odisha’s interests.

In his reactions, senior journalist and political expert Prasant Pattnaik said, “The opposition parties were resorting to publicise that Naveen Babu is afflicted with dreaded disease and he is unfit. Hence, he is unable to work, speak and move. This rumour had spread so widely that the public thought Naveen Babu will no more be active and campaign for the election.”

He opined, “Meanwhile, this video has gone viral depicting that Naveen Babu is fully fit. There was a need for such a video. Now the people could witness what Naveen Patnaik is able and unable to do. This video will certainly motivate his party workers.”

“This development will render a severe jolt to the opposition who used spread rumour that Naveen Babu had turned invalid,” the senior scribe remarked.

Senior journalist and political observer Dilip Bisoi opined, “It is being witnessed that the Chief Minister has been touring all over Odisha for the last six months for launching various schemes and projects. Hence, it doesn’t appear that he has any problem with his fitness. The opposition may be spreading a rumour. Recently, he had a 60 km long roadshow by bus. He also held public interaction for four hours.”

“He is conveying a very big message through this video that he is bracing up himself for a long fight for the interests of Odisha, because the Centre is continuously neglecting Odisha. It is evident from his slogan. He is also in all his speeches averring that he is with the four crore people of Odisha as others are like migratory birds,” he remarked.

The political analyst also commented, “The physical fitness is being observed from the visual while more significant is his mental fitness for which he is gearing up for the long fight for Odisha’s interests.”

Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) president Niranjan Patnaik in his media reactions also said, “I wish him good health. If he is able to keep himself physically fit by exercise, anybody should follow that. Naveen Babu is doing it and it’s good. It is least concerned what are the people’s negative reactions.”

He remarked, “If Naveen Babu becomes Chief Minister again and he maintains a good health, ought not it be our prime concern?”

BJD’s Bhubaneswar (Central) MLA candidate Anant Narayan Jena reacted, “Our leader is fit and we too. Many were commenting he isn’t fit. Let them wait and watch how he will score fours and sixes in the innings.”

“Opponents always criticize like that. Let them comment like that and we wish Naveen Babu keeps on forming governments all along.”

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Prasant Pattnaik, Senior Journalist

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Dilip Bisoi, Senior Journalist

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Niranjan Patnaik, President, PCC, Odisha

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Anant Narayan Jena, BJD MLA Candidate, Bhubaneswar (Central)

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Sasmit Patra, Spokesperson, BJD