Fifth Consecutive Term For Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik; What Makes Him So Popular?

The Logical Indian Crew India

May 24th, 2019 / 7:38 PM

Naveen Patnaik Fifth Time CM

Image Credit: Naveen Patnaik/Twitter

Naveen Patnaik, Biju Janata Dal chief and Odisha Chief Minister is all set to return to power for the fifth consecutive term. BJD swept the state with its candidates leading in 112 of the state’s 146 seats.

Patnaik’s rise from a reluctant politician to one of the most successful CMs of any Indian state is a phenomenal journey of perseverance.


Strong Grip On State Since 2000

When Biju Patnaik, the then CM of Odisha died, grief-stricken people of the state came out of in huge numbers, enough to throng a 65 km road between Bhubaneshwar and Puri. As the search for the successor began, it ended on Biju Patnaik’s 51-year-old son Naveen. Unaccustomed to the ways of politics, Naveen Patnaik took over the legacy of his father.

The sympathy wave was running high. Encashing the same, Naveen Patnaik formed the Biju Patnaik Dal (BJD). BJD, in alliance with the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance performed well. In 2000 Assembly elections, BJD won the majority of seats in the Odisha Assembly elections.

Patnaik then resigned from the Union Cabinet and was sworn in as the CM of Odisha.

For a state which was among the first ones to be carved out on the basis of the language, Patnaik has held the bastion for nearly 20 years without proficiency in Odia.

Patnaik’s policies have seemed to resonate with the old and the marginalised. In addition to his image as a man with minimalistic needs, his schemes which have touched the rural and disadvantaged have seemed to work in his favour. He is viewed as a crusader of pro-people and populistic schemes. Under his leadership, Odisha has also won the distinction of becoming the second fastest developing economy in the country.

His reputation of being intolerant to dishonesty and corruption too has swayed voters in his favour. In a popular instance, he removed a dozen IAS officers viewed as dishonest. He reportedly told them, “You are no more required.”

Author of the book, ‘Naveen Patnaik’, Ruben Banerjee wrote, “The key to Naveen’s success is that even though he has indulged in political machinations and subterfuge, he has largely come out of them without blemish, skillfully sidestepping scrutiny and deflecting criticism. He is still viewed by many as innocent and incapable of the vileness of an ordinary politician. And when something goes horribly wrong somewhere in the state, there is always someone else who shoulders the blame, sparing Naveen any taint. That he is single, soft-spoken and always deferential has helped in nurturing Naveen’s image.”          


Also Read: India’s Longest Serving Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling Loses After 24 Years


Contributors

Written by : Shraddha Goled

Edited by : Shweta Kothari

Related Stories

UK Produces Electricity Without Coal

UK Leads The Way, Produces Electricity Without Coal For Seven Consecutive Days

SC Former CBI Chief Nageswara Rao

SC ‘Schools’ Ex-CBI Chief: Makes Him Sit In Corner Of The Courtroom For Contempt Of Court

Plastic Salt IIT Bombay

How Safe Is Your Salt? IIT-Bombay Study Reveals Plastic Pollutants In Popular Salt Brands

CBI Conducts Fifth Raid On Delhi Minister Satyendar Jain, This Time Over PWD Hiring

Mohit Chauhan

Despite His Condition That Makes Him Weaker By The Day, This Young Man Lives To The Fullest

In Naxal-Hit Dantewada, Tribal Boy Makes It To IIT, Makes Widowed Mother Proud

Latest on The Logical Indian

Sponsored

From One Delivery Network to Another – Swiggy Helps Mumbai’s Dabbawalas Brave the Monsoon

Get Inspired

24-Yr-Old Scientist’s Journey From One-Room House In A Slum To One Of World’s Best University

Good Governance

Sports Minister Assures Support To 24-year-old Runner After His 100 Mtr In 11 Second Video Goes Viral

News

‘Cauvery Calling’ – A Solution To Revive The River & Lessen Farmers’ Distress

News

Uttar Pradesh: In-laws Beat Woman, Pour Acid Into Her Mouth For Not Fulfilling Dowry Demand

News

Rupee Becomes Asia’s Worst Performing Currency In August

x

Stories that deserve attention, delivered to your inbox!

Handpicked, newsworthy stories which deserve the attention of a rational generation.