Naveen downplays BJP’s ‘Mission 120’ in Odisha


Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister and BJD President Naveen Patnaik today downplayed the BJP’s claim of winning 120 seats out of total 147 of Odisha assembly in 2019 polls.

“I doubt very much whether BJP will get so many seats,” Naveen said answering media.

Commenting on the CM’s remark, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said, “I welcome his doubt. We will do our work and of course, he will do his.”

However, Patnaik’s comments have not gone down well with BJP.

Notably, the number war in Odisha politics got fire after BJD Vice President and Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Minister Surya Narayan Patro on Monday said his party will clinch at least 123 seats in the 2019 assembly elections.

The state BJP reacted sharply to it as its National President Amit Shah had set ‘Mission-120’ for 2019 Odisha assembly elections during his visit to the state in July this year for which he arrived in Odisha today.

The Congress also got itself involved in the number war and the outspoken veteran of the party and former minister Suresh Routray said that the Congress is confident of winning 85 seats in the 2019 Assembly elections.

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