No impact of BJP win in Odisha: Naveen Patnaik
(5 months ago)
Bhubaneswar, Dec 19 : Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday claimed that the victory of the BJP in the assembly elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh will have no impact in the state.
"I see no impact in Odisha of all these... I don't feel the Biju Janata Dal will face anti-incumbency because of our development programmes and welfare schemes which are doing well in our state," Patnaik told the media.
The Chief Minister also ruled out any possible impact on the imminent by-election for the Bijepur assembly constituency in Bargarh district.
As there is talk of early elections, the BJD President said his party is always ready to face polls.
"I can again say that we are ready for polls anytime," said the Chief Minister.
Patnaik on Monday congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on the poll victory in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.
The BJP workers, who are in a jubilant mood after the twin victories, are eying a win in Odisha in the 2019 assembly polls.
BJP national President Amit Shah has already given a clarion call to his saffron brigade to capture 120+ seats in the 2019 assembly elections. The Odisha assembly has 147 seats.