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BJD wary as PM Modi coming to Odisha

THE ASIAN AGE. | AKSHAYA KUMAR SAHOO
Published : Mar 31, 2017, 3:08 am IST
Updated : Mar 31, 2017, 4:53 am IST

The BJD had lost to the Bharatiya Janata Party in 174 zilla parishad seats.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi (Photo: PTI)
 Prime Minister Narendra Modi (Photo: PTI)

Bhubaneswar: Odisha chief minister and Biju Janata Dal president Naveen Patnaik on Thursday said he will hold review meetings regularly, beginning April 2, on the outcome of the recent panchayat elections.

The BJD had lost to the Bharatiya Janata Party in 174 zilla parishad seats.

 

The review exercise is an attempt to ward off the ripple effects of the BJP’s resounding victory, and counter the BJP’s national executive meeting scheduled on April 15 and 16, people familiar with the matter said.

BJD leaders fear that the BJP meeting, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah will attend, may further erode the Odisha party’s vote bank, the people said.

Mr Patnaik is wary of dissident BJD leaders joining the BJP during the national executive meeting, they said.

What worries Mr Patnaik the most is growing dissident activities in the party and mass exodus of workers to the BJP.

The BJP’s media campaign on the “success” of the Modi government and its contribution have left the regional outfit confused, the people said.

 

Negative views on Twitter written against the BJD by its own senior leader Baijayant Jay Panda has also hurt the party.

Tags: naveen patnaik, narendra modi, amit shah
Location: India, Odisha, Bhubaneswar