May 20, 2024

TOdisha CM and BJD President Naveen Patnaik files his nomination papers for State Assembly elections, in Kantabanji of Bolangir, (Photo: PTI)

Asserting that the BJP would not be able to win Odisha in the next 10 years, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday claimed his BJD would return to power for the sixth consecutive time after the assembly elections.

Patnaik was reacting to PM Narendra Modi telling an election rally earlier in the day that the swearing-in ceremony of a “BJP chief minister” will be held in Bhubaneswar on June 10.

“Nothing will happen on June 10. BJP will not be able to win the hearts of the people in the next 10 years, forget about June 10,” the chief minister said, maintaining that the BJD will form the government in Odisha for the sixth consecutive time.

He also questioned why Biju Patnaik was not being considered for Bharat Ratna.

“There are so many brave sons of Odisha, a few of whom you spoke about today. Don’t any of them, including Biju Patnaik, deserve the Bharat Ratna?” Patnaik asked, noting that the Centre has given the honour to several persons recently.


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First Published: May 11 2024 | 11:40 PM IST