Naveen Patnaik’s legacy – Hype and reality

The article discusses the political tenure of Naveen Patnaik, focusing on both his intangible and tangible contributions to Odisha. It contrasts these achievements with perceived administrative shortcomings and critiques, culminating in the BJP's electoral victory which ended Patnaik's long-standing rule.

Naveen Patnaik’s legacy – Hype and reality

As the dust of months-long election campaigning settles and the first BJP government takes over the reins in Odisha, the most important question that pops into one’s mind is about the legacy of Naveen Patnaik, the ex-Chief Minister of Odisha who rode the political scene of the state like a Colossus for about two and half decades.

Naveen was a larger-than-life figure while he was the CM. His was a carefully built persona-not responsible for wrongs committed by his administration and party but the progenitor of every welfare measure and development initiative taken during his tenure. Now that he is no more at the helm of Odisha’s affairs and his party BJD’s overwhelming presence is a thing of the past, this is the time to dispassionately assess his contributions to Odisha.