Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik says results of assembly elections in 5 states clearly reflected mood of nation

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Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday said the results of the assembly elections in five states clearly reflected the mood of the nation.

In the assembly elections in five states, BJP lost to the Congress in three states while regional parties triumphed in Mizoram and Telangana. “I congratulate the Congress, the Mizoram National Front (MNF) and the north-eastern parties for their success in this election. It really shows the mood of the nation,” the CM told mediapersons.

He said these states are predominantly agrarian and the BJP government at the Centre neglected the farmers resulting in the defeat. “Besides, the central government ignored the Swaminathan Report recommendations and also the loan problems with the farmers,” the CM added.

“As I said often before, the BJD remains equidistant from both BJP and the Congress party,” added the CM while responding to a query over the possibility of an alliance or the ‘Mahagatbandhan’ ahead of the 2019 general elections in Odisha.

Naveen further said, “Though we have extended issue-based support, we remain equidistant from both BJP and Congress. There is no firm ‘Mahagatbandhan’ now and let’s see what happens in future.”

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