There Is No Room For Complacency In Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik’s Government

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Bhubaneswar: Being elected as the Chief Minister of Odisha for the record fifth consecutive term since 2000, BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik has not only proved himself to be popular and an invincible regional satrap, but has also evinced that he is a non-stop performing ace administrator of this Indian state.

Soon after the recent formation of his BJD Government, Naveen Patnaik has issued strict directive to his Council of Ministers to submit their concerned department’s progress report every month in accordance with the poll promises made in party manifesto.

The Chief Minister has also reminded his ministerial colleagues that the poll promises made in party manifesto have been adopted as a resolution replicating his government’s programmes and policies to be implemented so that the people are delivered good services.

No sooner did he get the mandate of Odisha’s voters, Naveen has from now onwards started virtually preparing for 2024. It is never new to him as he at his last Cabinet meeting of the fourth stint had put forth the proof that all his 2014 poll promises made to the general public have been kept.

In this context, senior journalist and political analyst Rabi Das commented, “It’s not new to Naveen Patnaik. His most vital aspect is that he thinks about the next election soon after the latest one. He is very well aware that the urban local body (municipal) polls are upcoming as well as the two assembly by-polls-Patkura and Bijepur.”

Elucidating his point of view, the poll pundit stated, “Most important is the municipal polls. It is being observed that BJP has dented into. Hence, the scenario has to be changed and he has to exhibit that his government is most effective. Now the challenges have increased a lot. He has to simultaneously protect his own status, of the people as well as the state’s development. The support of the people ought to be increased apart from being retained. Because, Odisha is gradually tending to polarized politics.”

He added, “The situation noticed of late in the various states of India is a case in point. Despite being in power for 19 years, he has been successful in retaining the people’s support as he has been able to directly touch the people.”

“He (Naveen Patnaik) wants to evince that his government isn’t confronting with the Union Government, ready to cooperate, but his status is to stay put in Odisha as the people have been reposing faith in him and his government,” the senior scribe remarked.

Another senior journalist and political observer Priya Ranjan Sahu viewed, “Last election was a very tough fight even though BJD retained its might in the Assembly poll, but BJP has been successful to some extent in the Lok Sabha election. Also the vote percentage of BJP has increased in both the Assembly and Lok Sabha polls.”

He opined, “Under such a juncture, the Chief Minister is perhaps thinking that there is no scope for rest. Also it is more important to note that the people’s work should be done at a more pace. Thus, this step is being taken by the Chief Minister.”

“Such a gesture and act are most warranted for a political party that has been in power for the last 19 years. The reason is that, Naveen Patnaik has been able to repeatedly beat the anti-incumbency factor. BJD will also wish to ensure that this factor doesn’t stand as a stumbling block in future. Working for the people is extremely required as the government is for the people. One who serves the common man will obviously earn the people’s confidence,” he commented.

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Rabi Das, Senior Journalist

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Priya Ranjan Sahu, Senior Journalist