Naaveen Patnaik’s BJD gets mandate for the consecutive fifth term in Odisha
New Delhi: Naveen Patnaik, chief minister of Odisha, has successfully led his Biju Janata Dal party back to power in the state for the fifth term. BJD got a mandate in the state despite having Modi wave and anti-incumbency factor in the state.
While there is no caste and religion based politics in Odisha, the state again chose Patnaik after his long 20 years term. According to Election Commission data, BJD has won in eight seats and was leading in 105 of the 146 seats. BJD’s performance in terms of Lok Sabha election indicates that party has lost its 8 seats as compare to 2014. In 2014, BJD got 20 seats out of 21 Lok Sabha constituencies.
Patanaik wisely chose the common affairs of the state to be his election agenda. The results also proved the speculation wrong that the average voter was mature enough to split their votes for the assembly and LS between the two parties, or more specifically, between Patnaik and Narendra Modi.
It is to be noted that the BJD’s campaign relied almost exclusively on the popularity of Patnaik’s image. Patnaik, who has launched a number of development schemes, including his prepoll subsidy for the welfare of the farmers, faced and successfully overcame the challenges mounted by the BJP.
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