Business Standard

Friends and foes swear by Biju Patnaik's legacy in Odisha elections

Other states like Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh also have father-son themes, but there is space for contenders. In Odisha, it is unidimensional

Friends and foes swear by Biju Patnaik's legacy in Odisha elections

Naveen Patnaik has been in Kendrapara for 19 years. And when people vote for the chief minister, they vote for both him and his ‘bapa’. Naveen, never a great speaker, sought votes on his unsullied record of corruption and the Bjiu legacy. It has been an invariant tune

Subhomoy Bhattacharjee Kendrapara
It is Biju Patnaik versus Naveen Patnaik in the 21 constituencies of Odisha in this Lok Sabha election. None more so than in Kendrapara, which Naveen describes as his father’s karmabhoomi. It dominates discussions in shops in Tinimohani, the busiest traffic junction in the town, or in the emu farm at Marshaghai village.

The duo has dominated Odisha politics ever since Biju Patnaik won a by-election to an assembly seat from Rajnagar, one of the seven in the Kendrapara constituency, in 1974. Within three years of his death, Naveen Patnaik almost para dropped into the state as almost an unknown to

Don't miss the most important news and views of the day. Get them on our Telegram channel

First Published: Apr 28 2019 | 9:57 PM IST

Explore News

To read the full story, subscribe to BS Premium now, at just Rs 249/ month.

Key stories on are available only to BS Premium subscribers.

Register to