Odisha chief minister has done it again and for a record 5th time taking the wind out of BJP, a shock that the saffron party had never expected beforehand. Patnaik has not only won the battle but has scripted a new history in Odisha politics to become the chief minister for the fifth time facing a Modi wave that has stormed throughout the country. It was a history repeat story by Naveen who also had thwarted such headwinds of Modi wave in 2014.
By D.N. Singh
An absolute majority in the Assembly and a good number in the Lok Sabha (when the final results are being still tabulated ). His critics are silent and his enemies have gone for a break to ruminate as what went wrong.
Right from the time of polling.. to the moments of trends pouring in the incumbent chief minister Patnaik has so far demonstrated an enviable composure and has never allowed his moments of joy within spoiled by any kind of outburst against the ones who have predicted his doom.
An accomplished survivor in politics from 2000, Patnaik has never looked back since and always proved his worth as a leader of people who either love or hate him.
Even at a time when Prime Minister Modi surges ahead towards making history to become the prime minister from NDA for the second time in consecution, Naveen Patnaik has chosen to remain humbled by the peoples’ mandate.
The coinage by Amit Shah “burnt transformer” used for Naveen Patnaik, has hardly paled from public memory and Patnaik’s rivals must be wondering that the same ‘transformer’ has once again bludgeoned the BJP ego in Odisha thus created a new semantic to follow.
For his opponents within who either deserted him or he showed them the door, Patnaik’s patience has remained the panacea to tell them that personal vitriol can’t be the tool to measure one’s acceptance among the people and redefine political allegiance. Few of his worst political enemies who heaped allegations on him through every possible medium of information are left the worst rattled today. To be fair with truth the animus between him and Baijayant Panda had encroached more space in the media with rebukes and warnings have surely some reasons for an honest rumination. Another one, not to be forgotten by Patnaik, was Damodar Rout, a staunch Biju loyalist, who for some days tried to play a bag-piper to wean away others from Patnaik but failed. He was failed politically and battered emotionally.
While taking over the reins of Odisha for the fifth time Naveen Patnaik must revisit the past years and feel humbled by the immeasurable faith people had reposed on him again and again. The win must come to him as an opportunity to help him to redefine the existing pattern of politics, mainly related to delivery to the people.
Against a backdrop that the BJP has on its won a brute majority in the Lok Sabha, Naveen Patnaik’s leverage at the centre may not be the same this time and any serious spat with the centre can invite trouble.
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