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'Odisha is about to change, Naveen Patnaik-led govt's expiry date is June 4': PM Modi

Asserting that the BJD government in Odisha is on its way out, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was hurt over the "destruction" of the state.

Edited By: Nivedita Dash @Nivedita0503 New Delhi Updated on: May 28, 2024 13:54 IST
PM Modi with Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik
Image Source : PTI PM Modi with Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has predicted that on June 4 when the results of Lok Sabha and Assembly elections will be out, the Naveen Patnaik-led Biju Janata Dal in Odisha will have its expiry date. Odisha is conducting simultaneous polls for its 21 Lok Sabha seats and 147 assembly segments across four phases. With voting completed in 15 Lok Sabha seats and 105 assembly segments in Odisha, both the ruling BJD and the opposition BJP have claimed they will secure an absolute majority to form the government. UPDATES

"I have said that the expiry date of the current Odisha government is June 4 and on June 10, the BJP CM will take oath in Odisha," PM Modi said. Eyeing major gains for the BJP in Odisha, PM Modi has said he is witnessing a high intensity of anti-incumbency against the state's ruling Biju Janata Dal, making it very difficult for the regional party to survive. PM Modi said that people have made up their mind for a change in Odisha, where the assembly polls are being held alongside the parliamentary elections.

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Interestingly, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the BJD have both decided to go solo in Odisha for the upcoming Lok Sabha election, ending all speculation about the revival of their alliance. After 17 days of talks back and forth between New Delhi and Bhubaneswar ended in a stalemate, the BJP’s Odisha president Manmohan Samal declared on Friday that the proposed alliance was off the cards. Talking about the failed alliance PM said, "We have good relations with the leaders of all the political parties of India and in a democracy we do not have enmity. Now the question is whether I should maintain my relations or worry about the fate of Odisha. I chose to devote myself to the bright future of Odisha and if I have to sacrifice my relations for that, I will sacrifice them and after the elections, I will convince everyone that I have no enmity with anyone..."


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