Priya Bharti| A prominent journalist of Odisha said Naveen made the state proud by effectively facilitating the 2018 Men’s Hockey World Cup. “He put Bhubaneswar and Odisha on the universal donning map”.
Coincidentally, when Naveen arrived in 2000, Odisha was riven by uncertainty and chaos after the October 1999 super cyclone. An estimated eight million residents – roughly one-fourth of the state’s population – were affected, the majority of them gravely. Since the cyclone, the state’s economy has lagged decades behind.
Regardless, Naveen had colossal challenges ahead of him, as he neither spoke Odia, the local dialect nor was familiar with the state very well. Apart from rejuvenating physical resources, restoring the economy, and revamping people’s lives, he also needed to instill trust in people towards the organization.
He ruthlessly cracked down on corruption and dropped priests on the basis of a charge. The lone ranger chief, his activities, and his thrifty lifestyle were talked about with admiration throughout the state. Currently, Naveen’s ‘Mr. Clean’s picture is his fundamental USP. Since his father Biju Patnaik passed away in 1997, Naveen has never been a member of the opposition.
In Walk 5, he will enter the 22nd year of his continuous rule. In spite of the fact that he was a greenhorn in legislative issues, Naveen had a talent for judging individuals, knew exactly whom to trust, how much, and for how long. Contrary to well-known recognition, he was a very clever legislator who played his cards well. “But he did everything quietly. No one, not even his closest advisor, had hinted at his next move,” said a former bureaucrat. To be sure, he included that Naveen was open to all perspectives and “wouldn’t prevent anyone from seeking after a thought that asked for him”.
Moreover, the women-centric activities generated political profits for the BJD. “He has done so much for us, we cannot disregard Naveen sir,” said Nirupama Das (40) of Bhubaneswar’s biggest ghetto, Salia Sahi. Odisha’s destitution rate decreased to 24.61 percent from 57.2 percent in 2004-05 and 32.59 percent in 2011-12, the government said. Net residential item (SGDP) for the state rose from *2.13 trillion in 2011 to *4.16 trillion in 2018; the compounded annual growth rate of 10.3 percent was higher than the national average. Within the middle of uniting affirmations concerning the acquisition of basic restorative gear, Odisha received worldwide praise for its effective timely COVID-19 management.
As described BJD is the foremost non-NDA ally “They have supported bills that are in the interests of the state and the people, the journalist added, “They have also contradicted many.” In his fifth term, Naveen has implemented the most effective department ‘Mo Sarkar’ based on the ‘5T model’ of administration which has drawn many accolades widely for its immersive ideas for timely delivering benefits to the beneficiaries of the government policies and programmes. Off let has added the advantages of Naveeen’s pro-people image which has a long-lasting impact.
Looking back after Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP)’s upswing Panchyat elections victory in the coastal belt, it was widely perceived that it could pose a serious challenge to the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) government-led by Naveen Patnaik.
Amit Shah saw Odisha as a major target for his party, so throughout all his trips he stirred karyakartas and set a target of 120 seats for the 147-member assembly. BJP’s biggest guns, including Narendra Modi and Shah, targeted Naveen in a bitter campaign.
While the BJD counter-attacked, Naveen, armed with the goodwill and colossal reaction generated from his Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Pay Augmentation (KALIA) scheme, traveled widely. Unfazed by the appalling April weather, throngs of women, children, and men – many blowing conches, the BJD’s symbol – persistently stood up for Naveen. A furious crowd would go wild whenever he waved at them. The results (BJD-112, BJP-23) convinced the BJP that attacking Naveen individually in Odisha was a political miscalculation. Following the polls, PM Modi and Shah praised Naveen and his performance as CM.
“Several of the government’s programmes over sectors – such as social security, crisis & disaster management, women’s empowerment, and communication – have achieved remarkable results over the years under Naveen’s able leadership. Prior to that the most de facto is Naveen’s cleaned image to remain the most popular CM Nationally and a rare chief minister who holds the office over two decades of a successful uninterrupted regime.
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