BJD set for fourth term in Odisha
Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik was on Friday set for a fourth term with trends showing landslide win for the BJD in the assembly elections.india Updated: May 16, 2014 22:23 IST
Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik was on Friday set for a fourth term with trends showing landslide win for the BJD in the assembly elections.
In an assembly of 147, the BJD was ahead in 116 seats, the Congress in 15 and the BJP in 12. Others led in four. Out of the 83 assembly seats declared by 6:30pm, BJD bagged 69, Congress nine and BJP two.
The BJD was also set to notch up its best-ever performance in the Lok Sabha, leading in 20 seats. In 2009, the party won 14 parliamentary seats.
The BJP was ahead in one seat and the Congress trailed in all seats, down from the five it won in 2009.
Patnaik won from Hinjili assembly seat in Ganjam. Several of his cabinet colleagues, including Damodar Rout, SN Patro, Prafulla Samal and Rajanikant Singh also won their respective assembly seats.
State Congress president Jayadeb Jena lost from the Anandpur assembly constituency in Keonjhar.
In Lok Sabha, Baijayant Panda and Pinaki Mishra of the BJD won from Kendrapara and Puri constituencies, respectively. Union minister Srikant Jena of the Congress lost from Balasore Lok Sabha seat.
The 2014 polls have been the toughest for Patnaik, who has ruled the state for an uninterrupted 14 years.
Since polls were completed in two phases (on April 10 and April 17) for the 21 Lok Sabha and 147 assembly seats in Odisha, political circles were rife with speculations that the ruling Biju Janata Dal might not be able to form the next government in the state and that Patnaik might not be as powerful and unchallenged as he used to be.
Buoyed by the 'Modi wave', state BJP president KV Singh Deo said that his party would bag more than 50 assembly and 10 Lok Sabha seats and form the next government in the state. The Congress made similar claims. "We will get 55-60 assembly seats and better the 2009 LS tally of five," said Jena.
By Friday evening it was, however, amply clear that they were wrong in their calculations.