Naveen Patnaik reveals post-poll bargaining chip: Special status for Odisha
In an exclusive conversation with Hindustan Times’ Padma Rao Sundarji, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik reveals his bargaining chip once the results of the 2019 elections are announced. Patnaik, one of India’s longest-serving Chief Ministers, is eyeing not just retention of his state throne but also a significant role in Delhi. His first priority remains special category status for Odisha, denial of which he calls ‘very sad’. Asked about his political successor, Patnaik maintains that his family is not interested in politics. Watch the full video for more.