BJP's Dharmendra Pradhan Confident of Winning All 21 Odisha Lok Sabha Seats

BJP confident of winning all 21 Lok Sabha seats in Odisha, says Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan; criticizes CM Naveen Patnaik's governance record.

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BJP's Dharmendra Pradhan Confident of Winning All 21 Odisha Lok Sabha Seats

BJP's Dharmendra Pradhan Confident of Winning All 21 Odisha Lok Sabha Seats

Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, the BJP candidate from Sambalpur, Odisha, expressed confidence that the party will win all 21 Lok Sabha seats and form the government in Odisha with an absolute majority in the upcoming elections. In an interview with Hindustan Times on April 21, 2024, Pradhan discussed the BJP's poll plank of Odia Asmita and criticized Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik's governance.

Pradhan accused Patnaik of failing the people of Odisha in the last 24 years and dubbed the CM's decision to contest from Kantabanji as a "strategy." He criticized Patnaik's handling of issues like labor migration, drinking water crisis, and vacancies in government hospitals. "The BJP will focus on issues like unemployment, agriculture, education, and law and order to counter the BJD in the elections," Pradhan said.

Why this matters: The upcoming Lok Sabha and assembly elections in Odisha are vital for both the BJP and the ruling BJD. The BJP aims to make notable advancements in the state, while the BJD seeks to maintain its dominance. The outcome could have implications for the national political landscape.

Elaborating on the BJP's 'Odia Asmita' poll plank, Pradhan said it represents the government's failure to bring development for the people of Odisha despite being in power for 24 years. He also highlighted other issues like lack of employment, drinking water crisis, failure in agriculture, and deterioration in the education sector. Pradhan said the BJP is fighting the elections under PM Modi's leadership and will decide the CM candidate later.

The Union Minister expressed confidence that the BJP will win all 21 Lok Sabha seats in Odisha and form the government with an absolute majority. He criticized Patnaik's decision to contest from the western Odisha constituency of Kantabanji, calling it a "strategy" and accusing the CM of failing to bring development to the region. Pradhan also alleged that Patnaik has not prioritized the interests of tribals, OBCs, Dalits, and farmers.

Key Takeaways

  • BJP confident of winning all 21 Lok Sabha seats and forming govt in Odisha.
  • Pradhan criticizes Patnaik's governance, accuses him of failing Odisha in 24 years.
  • BJP to focus on issues like unemployment, agriculture, education, and law and order.
  • Pradhan says BJP's 'Odia Asmita' plank represents govt's failure to bring development.
  • Outcome of Odisha polls could have implications for national political landscape.