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BHUBANESWAR: The BJP must reinvent strategies to counter the challenges posed by the BJD leadership to win the elections and gain the trust of the people, party leader P Muralidhar Rao said on Wednesday.

Admitting that it has been a long time but the party has not been able to secure power in Odisha on its own, the former National General Secretary of the Saffron Party says Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is a master at art of maintaining a cordial relationship with the Narendra. Modi government in the Center while maintaining a distance from the BJP in the state.

Muralidhar Rao in Bhubaneshwar
Wednesday | Shamim Qureshy

During a one-day visit to the state to address a party training camp session in Puri on the central government’s defense policy, Rao in a chat with selected reporters here , said winning elections is an art. “The ruling parties and the opposition constantly face challenges of a different nature. Patnaik skillfully handled all challenges and turned them into opportunities,” he said.

Rao cited the recent election of Draupadi Murmu as President of India and Patnaik’s role in offering his party’s support to the NDA candidate. “Since Patnaik is a shrewd politician, the state BJP must reinvent new ways to outsmart the ground-level BJD and its state-level leaders to win the elections,” he said.

When it was pointed out that the common perception in Odisha is that the BJP is not aggressive against ruling dispensation like in West Bengal and Telangana, Rao said, in politics there is no straight line to success and direct answers to all questions. He said: “Election is an art of war that Naveen has mastered well. But nothing is impossible. We had to wait a long time in Karnataka to succeed. The same will also happen in Odisha.

On the BJP leadership vacuum in Odisha, Rao, who was recently put in charge of poll-linked Madhya Pradesh, said no such question was raised until the party came to power. “Devendra Fadnavis was not a very well known personality until he became Chief Minister of Maharashtra. It was the same in Haryana and Tripura,” he said. Responding to a question about rising inflation in the country, Rao said it was a fact but it had not affected either the party or Prime Minister Modi’s wider image.

BHUBANESWAR: The BJP must reinvent strategies to counter the challenges posed by the BJD leadership to win the elections and gain the trust of the people, party leader P Muralidhar Rao said on Wednesday. Admitting that it has been a long time but the party has not been able to secure power in Odisha on its own, the former National General Secretary of the Saffron Party says Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is a master at art of maintaining a cordial relationship with the Narendra. Modi government in the Center while maintaining a distance from the BJP in the state. Muralidhar Rao in Bhubaneswar on Wednesday | Shamim Qureshy During a one-day visit to the state to address a party training camp session in Puri on central government defense policy, Rao in conversation with selected journalists here, said winning elections is an art. “The ruling parties and the opposition constantly face challenges of a different nature. Patnaik skillfully handled all challenges and turned them into opportunities,” he said. Rao cited the recent election of Draupadi Murmu as President of India and Patnaik’s role in offering his party’s support to the NDA candidate. “Since Patnaik is a shrewd politician, the state BJP must reinvent new ways to outsmart the ground-level BJD and its state-level leaders to win the elections,” he said. When it was pointed out that the common perception in Odisha is that the BJP is not aggressive against ruling dispensation like in West Bengal and Telangana, Rao said, in politics there is no straight line to success and direct answers to all questions. He said: “Election is an art of war that Naveen has mastered well. But nothing is impossible. We had to wait a long time in Karnataka to succeed. The same will also happen in Odisha. On the BJP leadership vacuum in Odisha, Rao, who was recently put in charge of poll-linked Madhya Pradesh, said no such question was raised until the party came to power. “Devendra Fadnavis was not a very well known personality until he became Chief Minister of Maharashtra. It was the same in Haryana and Tripura,” he said. Responding to a question about rising inflation in the country, Rao said it was a fact but it had not affected either the party or Prime Minister Modi’s wider image.

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