Modi presents no credible option to India’s problems,says Patnaik

Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Monday said he did not see the BJP’s new election campaign panel chief Narendra Modi providing “a credible alternative” to the UPA government,signaling that he will not support any Modi-led effort.

Written by Pranab Dhal Samanta | New Delhi | Published: June 11, 2013 4:02 am

Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Monday said he did not see the BJP’s new election campaign panel chief Narendra Modi providing “a credible alternative” to the UPA government,signaling that he will not support any Modi-led effort.

“I don’t think Narendra Modi presents a credible alternative to the problems the country is facing. Much of the development in Gujarat is hyped up. The state has always been prosperous and credit for that should not go to one person,” Patnaik told The Indian Express over the phone.

He described the 2002 riots as a “horrible,horrible tragedy” and hoped the legal process would deliver justice.

While placing his bets on a third front formation at the Centre in 2014,Patnaik refused to comment on which of the two national parties would be his preference when it comes to obtaining outside support. “It’s too early to talk about that now. We will see then.”

But,at the same time,Patnaik did not spare the Congress. For the first time,he openly accused Congressmen of plotting the downfall of his government last year,while he was abroad,by engineering a split in the Biju Janata Dal – a move that eventually led to the suspension of his key advisor Pyarimohan Mohapatra,who eventually formed his own outfit,Odisha Jana Morcha.

“There were certain stories that time. Yes,now I do think that they did try to destabilise my government,” said Patnaik,revealing his mind on what was seen as an attempted coup to topple his government.

While maintaining that Rahul Gandhi had not proved very effective so far,Patnaik went on to take a dig at the new Congress Vice-President’s efforts at reaching out to Orissa’s tribal population by staying in their homes and taking up issues such as mining in Niyamgiri.

“We believe in doing real work for the tribals. As for Niyamgiri,the courts have spoken,so I have nothing to add.”

But confronted with questions on the problem of Left-wing extremism,the Orissa CM came out clearly to state that there was little to distinguish Naxals from terrorists any longer.

“Well,they certainly act like terrorists. So yes,” he said,responding to question on whether he regarded the Naxals and terrorists as the same. “We need inter-state joint forces to tackle this problem,” Patnaik added and called for CMs to rise above party lines on this issue.

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