Odishatv Bureau

Who after Naveen Patnaik in Odisha? Clearing the air on the same, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday said that VK Pandian is not his successor.

In an exclusive interview with ANI, the Odisha CM said that Pandian is not his successor and that the people of Odisha will decide about his successor.

On Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a public meeting in Odisha on Wednesday, raising concerns about his health condition, CM Naveen said, "If he (PM Modi) is so concerned about my health, he should have called me and asked me about my health."

On BJD prospects in Odisha in the ongoing General Elections 2024, the CM said that his party will get a handsome figure and form government in Odisha and also win a good number of Lok Sabha seats.

On allegations by the opposition and former BJD leaders that 'VK Pandian takes decisions on behalf of CM Patnaik', CM Naveen said, "...This is ridiculous and I have said it often before, this is an old allegation and it holds no weight."

Important Question Left Unanswered...

Though CM Naveen said that VK Pandian is not his successor, neither did the interviewer ask nor did the CM answer why only VK Pandian is seen with him these days and during election campaigns.

The Opposition has been alleging that Pandian has held CM Naveen hostage and no BJD leader or government officials are allowed to meet Naveen Patnaik without prior approval of the bureaucrat-turned-politician.

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