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Naveen rules out anti-incumbency factor for BJD government in Odisha




 Chief Minister and Biju Janata Dal (BJD) president Naveen Patnaik today claimed that his government would not face an anti-incumbency factor in the next state Assembly election.

There would also be no impact of the results of the Gujarat Assembly polls in Odisha, he added.

Patnaik had congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the BJP's victory in the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections yesterday. "I do not feel that the BJD will face an anti-incumbency factor because of our development programmes and welfare schemes, which are doing well in the state," the Chief Minister told reporters here while replying to questions on the outcome of the Gujarat election.

The next Assembly election is due in Odisha in 2019.

Patnaik said the effect of the Gujarat poll results would not even be felt in the Bijepur Assembly bypoll, the date of which was yet to be announced.

The Congress too echoed the same view. "We gave a tough fight to the BJP in Gujarat. The victory of the BJP will certainly not have any impact in Odisha's politics," Congress' chief whip in the state Assembly Tara Prasad Bahinipati said.

Meanwhile, Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister and senior BJP leader Dharmendra Pradhan said that the impact of anti-incumbency would be known only when the State goes to polls. “The people of Odisha will decide whether the ever growing popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi will impact the poll equation in Odisha or not”, he said adding Odisha Chief Minister is not an astrologer and cannot forecast his party’s win in the next Assembly election. “It can’t be said that the BJD would win the Assembly poll in 2019 just because it emerged victorious in last four successive elections”, he added.

The Union Minister said, “If one goes by the present position of BJP in Odisha, it clearly indicates that voters’ faith in Prime Minister Narendra Modi is growing with every passing day”.






Editorial

Précis 2017
From asking his party men to ‘live a simple life and serve the people’ to taunting the BJP for its ‘crocodile tears’, Chief Minister and BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik has not only become politically invincible, he seems to be so in the coming years too.

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