BJD attempts checkmating BJP after PM Modi’s attack

Bhubaneswar: A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a scathing attack on Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik-led BJD government, the ruling party of the state in a counterattack said that the PM’s remarks have brought him to a ‘low level’.

Coming down heavily on the State government while addressing public gatherings at Talcher and Jharsuguda yesterday, PM Narendra Modi said the corruption has become an identity for BJD government. The PM targeted the Naveen Patnaik-led government over various issues like Percentage Commission (PC) activities, cooperative bank loan scam and sapling scams.

The attacking gesture of the PM meanwhile has enthused the BJP activists in the State with talks doing rounds that the new development has somewhat ended the possibility of any equation of alliance between the saffron party and the BJD ahead of the 2019 general polls.

“We have been talking about a corrupt and incapable State govt and now the PM has echoed similar views. Definitely, this will affect the views of the people of the State. Activists of BJP are quite jubilant by the remarks of the PM,” said Golak Mohapatra, BJP spokesperson.

BJD spokesperson, Pratap Deb, however, said, “BJP might be happy with the remarks of Modiji but they should understand that the PM has stooped to the level of the State politics.”

Political analysts are of the opinion that after the TDP, PDP and Shiv Sena severed ties with the BJP, the saffron party is in a lookout for a new partner.

OPCC chief Niranjan Patnaik said BJD and BJP are hands-in-glove and are having some understandings despite the public spar.
“In north India BJP is losing ground and they are trying to strengthen party base in Odisha and West Bengal by any means including use of money. Otherwise, they will lose identity in the forthcoming election,” stated Patnaik.

Political analyst Prasanna Mohanty said, “Modi has attacked on the weakness of CM Naveen. At least till 2019, any understanding between BJD and BJP is not going to happen and the saffron party will be in an attacking mode. However, there might be some change in the scenario after election.”