After 20 yrs, BJP has returned to Odisha for a National Executive meeting, emboldened by recent panchayat poll success and a fraying BJD. As Narendra Modi turns his focus on the state, the picture for Naveen Patnaik is no longer rosy.
There are uncanny similarities between the 1991 and 2017 violence, both happened during Ramnavami festival. Biju Patnaik was the chief minister during the 1991 riots while his son Naveen Patnaik happens to be CM during the 2017 riots.
Akram Khan, whose meat shop was burnt down, said police could not anticipate the trouble. “In Bhadrak, Hindus and Muslims have been living peacefully.’’ He blamed “a few hotheads from both the communities’’.