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Different Strokes! Why BJP's Contrasting Gameplan Against Naveen Patnaik And Mamata Banerjee Is A Masterstroke

Unlike in West Bengal where the BJP is in fast forward mode to knock out Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress, the Narendra Modi government is at peace with Naveen Patnaik's BJD in Odisha. The political calculations post the Lok Sabha elections are eloquently clear

Different Strokes! Why BJP's Contrasting Gameplan Against Naveen Patnaik And Mamata Banerjee Is A Masterstroke
Different Strokes! Why BJP's Contrasting Gameplan Against Naveen Patnaik And Mamata Banerjee Is A Masterstroke
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2019-06-21T13:48:02+05:30

Why West Bengal is on the boil while Odisha is experiencing a bout of relative political bonhomie make for an interesting study in contrast. The two neighbouring states have had a somewhat similar political trajectory in recent months. As in Mamata Banerjee’s West Bengal, the electoral contest in Odisha too was bitter and vicious with the BJP seeking to expand its footprint in a state where it had little presence. And as in Bengal, the BJP tasted a fair degree of success in Odisha. Though the party failed to stop Naveen Patnaik from being re-elected for a fifth consecutive term as chief minister, it did startle many by winning eight of the state’s 21 parliamentary seats, a stunning improvement over its paltry tally of just one in 2014.

But that is where the similarity ends. While the battle for political power has only intensified in West Bengal, Odisha projects a picture of relative calm. Patnaik’s Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and the BJP are no longer going for each other’s throats and political temperatures have significantly plummeted. Given the changed circumstances, not many were surprised when a smiling Patnaik stood alongside a beaming Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan at a recent photo-op. Pradhan led the BJP’s offensive against Patnaik and there was no love lost between the two until recently.

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