BHUBANESWAR: In light of the recent announcement by Odisha's ruling BJD opposing the no-confidence motion against the NDA government, Amit Shah, the Union Home Minister and prominent BJP leader, expressed admiration for Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik's accomplishments in curbing naxal violence in Odisha. Shah acknowledged Patnaik's popularity and praised his five consecutive terms as Chief Minister.
During an official event in 2019, Shah had referred to the BJD government as a "burnt out transformer," but he now emphasized Patnaik's achievements and the decline in naxal violence and Maoist influence in the state. He commended the Odisha government's support in combatting naxals and lauded their innovative disaster management methods, which have made the state a role model for the country.
The Union Home Minister expressed gratitude to Patnaik for implementing disaster management initiatives in the state, which has led to a substantial reduction in casualties during cyclones. He highlighted that the support of the Odisha government has been crucial in making disaster management a priority for the entire country.
Patnaik, on his part, thanked the central government for its support in driving Odisha's growth. Shah's appreciation holds particular significance as it comes shortly after BJD's backing of the central government on the Delhi Service Bill and its decision to oppose the no-confidence motion against the Modi government.
Despite maintaining equal distance from both the BJP and the Congress, BJD faced criticism from Congress and AAP leaders for its stance on these recent matters. Nevertheless, Shah's recognition of Patnaik's achievements reflects the importance of collaborative efforts between the central and state governments in managing critical issues like disaster response and security matters.