**Bhubaneswar:** Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his public meeting at Baripada on Saturday, directed his criticism towards Congress and was calculative in his attack on ruling BJD supremo and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
While the Odisha BJP leaders and the saffron party rank and file anxiously wait for their poster boy to launch a scathing attack on their political bête noire BJD and the Chief Minister, Modi seemed to be playing safe.
Senior journalist and political observer Prabhu Kalyan Mohapatra said, “The morale of State BJP leadership and activisits may have been diminished as the Prime Minister’s address lacked the requisite strength.”
It was expected that Modi would be harsh against the Naveen-Government but it was not seen. On the other hand he in disguise of giving advice highlighted Ayushman Bharat Yojana and status of women in Odisha, Mohapatra added.
He further said that Modi’s criticism towards Congress proves that for BJP or Modi, Congress is the actual opposition. It clearly reveals the behind- the-scene bond between BJP and BJD.
On the other hand, BJD spokesperson Samir Das said, “The BJD as per its political stand is maintaining equi-distance from both Congress and BJP. The interest of State and its people is the major concern of BJD, so why has the Prime Minister gone soft towards BJD can be better explained by the PM or BJP leadership.”
Senior BJP leader and former Minister Biswabhusan Harichandan said, “Modi has highlighted various issues, including poor governance, women’s insecurity and Bebina case while staying within his limits as the Prime Minister. Terming it that he has gone soft towards BJD is not acceptable.”