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Naveen delivers double whammy in Orissa

Chief minister Naveen Patnaik, 62, has taken Orissa by storm as the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) won a near two-thirds majority in the assembly and repeated the same performance in the Lok Sabha polls.

india Updated: May 16, 2009 23:20 IST
Soumyajit Pattnaik

Chief minister Naveen Patnaik, 62, has taken Orissa by storm as the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) won a near two-thirds majority in the assembly and repeated the same performance in the Lok Sabha polls.

An invisible Naveen wave was certainly working in the state, which not only kept a resurgent Congress at bay, but also decimated the BJD’s erstwhile ally, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), completely.

Naveen’s decision to end the alliance with the BJP prior to the polls and wear the secular badge by branding the saffron party as “communal” has paid off. Despite the break-up of the alliance, the BJD has won more seats in the assembly in 2009 than what it won in 2004 assembly polls along with the BJP.

As BJD secretary general Damodar Rout told Hindustan Times, “Voters have overwhelmingly endorsed the principled politics of Naveen Patnaik and we are immensely grateful to the electorate for the trust they have reposed in us.”

Now, after having won with a comfortable majority in the assembly, Naveen has to refashion his party’s role at the Centre. Which formation will the BJD support at the Centre after the Third Font received a serious jolt?

The Patnaik told Hindustan Times, “We have already stated that the BJD will not support either a BJP-led or a Congress-led government. The UPA (United Progressive Alliance) is also inching towards a majority. We will sit with senior leaders to discuss about our future strategy.”

BJD leaders, when they meet, will also discuss the ramifications of abstaining from voting when the UPA government will prove its majority in the 15th Lok Sabha.