Naveen Patnaik urges party workers to unite, strengthen BJD amid political unrest

The statement of the former chief minister has come amid the growing discontentment among party leaders and workers due to delay in forming the committee to fix responsibility of the poll debacle.
Former Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik.
Former Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik.Photo | PTI

BHUBANESWAR: Former chief minister and BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik has called upon partymen to stay united and work hard to strengthen the regional outfit as the BJP government in Odisha has a majority by only two to three MLAs and the central government is in minority.

“You all know that the BJP government in Odisha has a majority of two to three MLAs. In Delhi, they are running a minority government and do not have majority. You should work hard, stay united and strengthen the party,” the former chief minister told partymen at Naveen Nivas on Saturday. This is for the first time after the polls Naveen has asserted that the BJD remains a strong party organisationally and called upon partymen to work hard for its revival.

Former Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik.
BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik meets senior leaders, holds talks on future of BJD

He gave this statement while meeting party workers from Ganjam, his home district, where BJD has drawn a blank except the lone Assembly seat of Hinjili.

The statement of the former chief minister has come amid the growing discontentment among party leaders and workers due to delay in forming the committee to fix responsibility of the poll debacle. While informally meeting newly-elected party MLAs a day after the election results were out, Naveen had announced that a committee will be formed to find out the reasons behind the debacle.

A senior party leader told this paper that formation of the committee has been delayed as it is yet to be decided who would be the members. The statement was meant to placate party leaders as there is a growing unrest among the BJD rank and file.

Though the party is not being run according to the old system now, a new apparatus is yet to take over. After the legislature party meeting, the former chief minister is expected to go for organisational restructuring of the party. But it will take some time, he added.

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