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Who is your Odisha chief minister face, Naveen Patnaik asks BJP

BHUBANESWAR: BJD president and chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday requested BJP who its Odisha chief ministerial candidate would be.

“Who will energy the second engine of BJP in Odisha? The other people of the state need to know. Who’s the manager ministerial candidate of BJP? Which is his/her constituency? Is BJP scared to announce its chief ministerial candidate?” requested Naveen all the way through an election rally at Daspalla beneath Kandhamal assembly phase. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah and different senior birthday celebration leaders have sought votes within the state via promising enlargement via a ‘double-engine’ executive.

While BJP has not named any person as its chief ministerial candidate, Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan is widely looked as if it would be the face of BJP in Odisha. Dharmendra, who isn't within the poll fray, has been main the birthday celebration’s campaign for the past a number of elections.

Naveen’s pot shot at BJP is very important as different BJD leaders have additionally criticized Dharmendra for not contesting elections. Naveen has banked closely on Centre-bashing all the way through his election campaign. He has accused the BJP-led NDA executive of neglecting Odisha and likewise questioned the role of the Centre whilst sanctioning assist for the state after cyclone Titli that hit Odisha and neighbouring Andhra last October.

“They are talking about double-engine enlargement. They by no means got here all the way through cyclones Phailin and Hud Hud, droughts or floods. The Delhi engine went to Andhra all the way through Titli. In Odisha, it comes all the way through elections simplest and makes a noise,” he mentioned.

Responding to Naveen’s jibe, BJP’s state in price Arun Singh mentioned BJD’s defeat was once approaching. “Naveen’s statement additionally proves that BJP is ready to win a comfortable majority within the state,” he mentioned.

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