Patnaik laughs off BJP's claim of winning over 120 Assembly seats in Odisha
Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday laughed at BJP president Amit Shah's claim that the saffron party would win more than 120 seats in next year's state Assembly polls.
He also said his government had never neglected the western Odisha districts, as alleged by Shah.
"The state government has never neglected the western Odisha districts. As you can see, we are working for the all-round development of that region," the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) chief told reporters here.
At a public meeting in Bolangir yesterday, Shah had alleged that the BJD government was neglecting the western Odisha districts.
The BJP chief had also said if the saffron party was voted to power in Odisha, it would give a special attention towards the development of the western region of the state.
"Naveen Patnaik has been adopting a step-motherly attitude towards the western region. While the area under irrigation across the state is 33 per cent, it is only 11 per cent in the western districts. This shows that Naveen babu has not done justice towards these districts," Shah had said.
The BJP has a strong presence in the western Odisha districts.
Patnaik laughed at Shah's claim that the BJP would win over 120 of the 147 Assembly seats in Odisha next year.
I think that (Shah's estimation) is very very exaggerating. I do not see any basis of his claim, the chief minister said with a smile on his face.
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