Narendra Modi And Naveen In Mutual Praise
Narendra Modi and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik are both full of praise for each other. Observers are also looking at the political figures in the midst of the central government’s conflict with Bengal.
In a face-to-face meeting after the Prime Minister’s visit to visit cyclone Yass, the BJP-affiliated Naveen announced that he would not seek money from the Center. His argument was that he did not want to increase the burden on the financially burdened center. However, he sought help from the Center for development in the field of infrastructure to deal with disasters along the coast of the state. He is no less big in terms of money. And after inspecting the overall damage caused by the cyclone, Modi announced relief of Rs 500 crore to Bengal and Jharkhand as well as Odisha.
Modi tweeted this morning, referring to the “fruitful” review meeting with Naveen, acknowledging Naveen’s great work in disaster management and promising to extend a helping hand in the future. In response, Naveen also thanked Modi and promised to go a long way together in the coming days to rebuild the power plant damaged by the storm.
Many, however, are not surprised by the mutual understanding between the two top leaders of the state and the center. After the announcement of Narendra Modi as the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, Naveen, like Nitish from Bihar, was bent on opposition. But just days after the results were announced, the NDA’s old ally, BJD leader Naveen, gradually leaned towards Modi. Although he did not join the NDA directly like Nitish, he or his party did not speak out against Modi for the next seven years. He has been keeping pace with the BJP inside and outside the parliament. Political experts say that Odisha has received Rs 500 crore in relief without asking for it. At the same time, Modi is trying to pull the trigger by highlighting Naveen’s example during the conflict with Mamata Banerjee in the neighboring state.