Bhubaneswar, Apr 6 UNI | 4 months ago

Senior BJP leader and former Minister Biswa Bhushan Harichandan today predicted that despite the whirlwind tour of Chief Minsiter Naveen Patnaik ,the ruling BJD will not even secure simple majority in the coming 2014 Assembly elections.

Talking to newpersons here, Mr Harichandan said BJD is making tall claims of getting 123 of the total 147 seats in the Assembly, but the situation has come to such a pass that forget 123, the party may not get even a simple majority.

The BJP leader said survey conducted by various organisations indicated that the party will get 30 per cent of votes in the 2014 general elections. The party's popularity is rising and it would further rise in the coming days, he added.

Coming down heavily on Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, he said the latter was making such statements out of sheer desperation.

Mr Harichandan said Mr Patnaik during his election campaign meetings at various places, was asking where were the leaders of BJP and Congress while the cyclonic storm Phailin hit the state.

The BJP leader said after Phailin hit the state, BJP prime ministerial candidate and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi inquired to Chief Minister what kind of help he wanted, but Mr Patnaik did not respond out of his ego.

He said during the BJD rule, the law and order situation in the state collapsed, rape and atrocity on women increased and a large number of farmers have committed suicide.

Mr Harichandan said the Chief Minister was trying to cover up his misdeeds, misrule and massive corruption in the state by raising such issues.

(Posted on 06-04-2014)