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Navin keeps his card secret till results come!

 

Posted on Friday May 16, 2014

Last updated Wednesday July 06, 2016

  Odisha, Politics, Navin Patnaik, BJP, BJD
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.
Bibhuti Pati
 

Post poll, Navin Patnaik’s first Delhi tour raised some speculation in Odisha. Media started speculation. Some said, it was for a health check-up after a hectic campaign schedule, some also said it was to give a preliminary shape to the speculated third front.

Health check-up and physical rest seemed to be more likely reasons because, as per sources, Navin did a check-up at Bhubaneswar based Apollo hospital even during the campaign period.

Soon, Navin visited Delhi for a second time, which was claimed to be a private visit. But in the meantime, the verdict allowing Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to investigate the chit-fund scam came.

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 all efforts.

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 in politics.

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 then.

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