It was certainly a bad news
for Navin and other leaders of BJD as names of senior leaders like Dr
Damodar Rout, Kalpataru Das, Sarada Nayak, Pravat Tripathy etc. came in
news reports and television discussions on the scam. And, it was a
failure of the government in keeping CBI away from the scam in spite of
However, the little relief to the
government was that the verdict didn’t cause an electoral damage to BJD
because it came after the polls were over in Odisha only.
It’s believed by many that the courtesy
visit of Navin with the CBI Director during his first visit became the
reason of impatience and disturbed his piece of mind. It’s also said
that Navin talked with his friends in media and administrative circles
about the possible political equations, realising the effect of Modi
wave in this election.
The exit polls about the state also were
not very inspiring for Navin and his party BJD as most of them predicted
figures close to the numbers needed for a simple majority.
To political observers, the Supreme Court
verdict on chit-fund scam would be a trouble-starter for Navin and his
party BJD when the central agency is already investigating the coal scam
and there is all possibility of an SC verdict for a CBI probe into the
mining scam. So the fourth term would be more troubling and, probably,
Navin has realised this.
In this context, experts see more
political relevance in Navin’s last visit to Delhi. As rumoured, this
visit was to revive relationship with BJP to mitigate future troubles
for him and his party in case NDA comes to power at the centre, which
seems more likely from the exit poll results.
A hint about it was given by senior BJD
leader Pravat Tripathy before Navin’s return from Delhi. But Navin
didn’t tell anything straight about alliance possibility but said,
nothing is decided yet. However, fuelling for more speculation, Navin
didn’t tell this time his usual version of BJD’s equidistance from
Congress and BJP.
So, BJD’s comeback to NDA fold cannot be
ruled out if BJP led government comes at the centre as some of the
senior party leaders are of the view, unofficial, that nothing is impossible
But Navin is still tight-lipped, may be,
waiting for the final result because, everybody knows that exit poll
predictions may go wrong. So, it’s better to keep the card secret till