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Will It Affect BJP’s Morale In Odisha After Modi-Amit Seek BJD’s Support?

09 August 2018

Ajesh Mallick

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Bhubaneswar: It is evident from its vibrant political activities that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is at daggers drawn against Odisha’s ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) since the saffron party led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP national president Amit Shah wrested power from Congress-led UPA Government at the Centre with a thumping majority in 2014 general elections.

BJP’s Odisha poster boy-cum-Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and his Odisha brigade have been vitriolic in their attack on BJD as well as its chieftain Naveen Patnaik.

Notwithstanding that, Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman race has virtually come as a shocker to the belligerent BJP rank and file in Odisha in the wake of Amit Shah’s unexpected phone call to Naveen Patnaik followed by PM Modi seeking the regional satrap’s BJD support for BJP-backed JD(U) candidate fielded for the constitutional post of Upper House.

As the BJD supremo has pledged his party’s support to JD(U) candidate and he has also won, BJD obviously goes closer to the BJP central leaderships.

Under such a political scenario, the million dollar question now arises whether it would impinge on BJP’s morale here in Odisha after their undone top party bosses sought emergent refuge in BJD in a bid to save the saffron party’s pride and prestige.

In his reactions, political analyst and senior journalist Sandeep Sahu said, “This political wrestling and patchwork between BJD and BJP is not a new matter. During the Congress-led UPA Government also same episode happened. State Congress leaders used to bitterly criticized Naveen Patnaik while their central leaders and ministers had a good rapport with Naveen Patnaik.”

He stated, “Following Modi-Amit Shah’s phone calls, there will be no more stings in Odisha BJP’s attack on Naveen and his BJD party. The Prime Minister is making a telephonic call to the Chief Minister and the Chief Minister is announcing his support.”

He remarked, “The State BJP here is now in an embarrassing situation. As all signs hint at a very good rapport between the BJP central leadership and BJD leadership here, the criticism by BJP here in the State is losing credibility.”

“The more election inches closer, both NDA and Opposition front will leave no stone unturned to woo Naveen Patnaik,” the senior journalist quipped.

Another political expert and senior journalist Prashanta Patnaik said, “As BJP hasn’t a majority at the central level, particularly in the Rajya Sabha, it is bound down to seek Odisha Chief Minister’s help. In many instances, the central BJP is depending on Naveen Babu.”

“State BJP unit is criticizing BJD and its chief Naveen Babu because it apprehends that without such an exercise it would go into oblivion in Odisha. On the contrary, if BJP doesn’t seek Naveen Patnaik’s support, situation like losing at the Centre would surface. Thus, image of BJP is undoubtedly at stake. Repeatedly it is being proved before the people of both Odisha and entire country that BJP is a helpless party,” he remarked.

He further commented, “While boasting of 120+ seats here in Odisha, BJP is surrendering before BJD at the critical juncture. Definitely it will affect BJP’s morale in Odisha.”

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Sandeep Sahu, Senior Journalist, Odisha

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Prashanta Patnaik, Senior Journalist, Odisha