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Naveen greets former PM Vajpayee

           Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik greeted former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his 93rd birthday.

       "Warm greetings to former Prime Minister Sri Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji on his birthday. I pray to God for his good health and long life," Patnaik tweeted.

       Patnaik, who entered politics after the death of his father Biju Patnaik in 1997, was a union minister in the NDA government headed by Vajpayee.

       It was under the guidance of Vajpayee when Patnaik's regional outfit Biju Janata Dal (BJD) formed an alliance with BJP in Odisha. The BJD-BJP alliance ruled the state for about a decade from 2000 and broke just before 2009 general election.

       Despite the break of alliance with BJP, Patnaik is often known to visit Vajpayee and inquire about his health condition.


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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