Naveen eyes 2019 polls

BJD president Naveen Patnaik lights a lamp at the party’s working committee meeting in Bhubaneswar on Sunday. Picture by Ashwinee Pati

Bhubaneswar: Chief minister Naveen Patnaik, who will complete four years of his fourth term on Monday, is gearing up his party for the next general election.

Naveen, who steered the BJD to a landslide victory in the last election, is facing a tough challenge this time with the emergence of BJP in the state.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is focusing on Odisha and looking for the BJP to making inroads in this eastern state. Modi is scheduled to reach the state on May 26 and address a gathering at Cuttack to present the report card of the four years of his rule.

On the other hand, Naveen will mark the completion of his four years in office by calling a meeting of his council of ministers to chalk out the government's future plans.

Naveen has already held a review of various departments to see whether the promises made in election manifesto had been fulfilled.

"Our government has fulfilled more than 80 per cent of its commitments," BJD spokesperson Pratap Deb told The Telegraph. "The major work that the government is yet to complete is rural housing. Work is being done on a war footing on that front."

However, the Opposition BJP and Congress said the Naveen Patnaik government had failed to address the issues concerning to the people of the state.

Union petroleum and natural gas minister Dharmendra Pradhan said: "We will bring out documents on 36 massive corruption cases of the Naveen Patnaik government its 18 years of rule. We will also apprise people about the 48 achievements of the BJP-led government at the Centre in its four years of rule."

Terming the Naveen government as non-performing, Pradhan said: "This government is misleading people by providing false data about its achievements."

Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee president Niranjan Panaik said: "Like the BJP government at Centre, the Naveen Patnaik government is busy in propaganda. It has neither been able to provide employment to people nor has been able to address the issues of farmers."


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