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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Nov 6:

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should be given more time to prove himself.

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Appearing in an interview with Editorial Director of The New Indian Express Group Prabhu Chawla during Odisha Literary Festival today, Patnaik said that given the complexities of the country the Prime Minister should be allowed more time before being judged.

He, however, appeared reluctant to buy Modi’s federal politics and claimed that the State Government has lost out on its share of Central funding under his watch – which is against federal polity.

Speaking on the much-speculated succession plan in his Biju Janata Dal, he said “I think the people in their judgement will choose their own leader at the appropriate time. I don’t think that it is necessary to groom a leader”.

Besides, he made it clear that he has no interest in making a foray to the national politics.

“My foremost concern is for the state. And that is what I am concentrating on. I don’t want to move to Delhi. I have been in Delhi as a Central Minister and I am very content being here for the people in Odisha,” said Naveen.

Questioned about the growing clout of BJP in the state, he reminded Chawla of 2014 election results and said, “There are no signs of those parties growing in strength in the state”.

Speaking on the perception of the state outside, he added, “Image has changed. For some years now we have a policy of Re 1/kg rice. The starvation is very much a story of the past. Also in the last two years, we have built 1 million pucca houses and in next two years we will certainly see there will be no kutcha houses”.

“Till two years ago, we were amongst the first two states in the country as far as investment goes. There have been certain failures like POSCO, which is the biggest Foreign Direct Investment in the country. But, this is because the Central Government has changed its policy and cannot give the mines. But otherwise, a number of other projects have come up and are doing very well,” Patnaik said.

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