By Sabyasachi Kundu
Bhubaneswar, May 29: Naveen Patnaik on Saturday completed the second year of his fifth term as the Chief Minister of Odisha. The BJD president’s fifth term started with extremely severe cyclone ‘Fani’, which hit the state on May 3, 2019 and completed the second year of the fifth term with cyclone ‘Yaas’.
As Cyclone Yaas weakens and drifts off from Odisha, the efforts of the state government to ensure zero casualties are winning praise from all quarters. The Covid-19 pandemic and natural calamity ‘YAAS’ had emerged as challenges before the Odisha Chief Minister. But his successful management of these calamities has earned accolades from various quarters including his political rival, BJP.
The Naveen Patnaik-led government in Odisha is ahead of other states in tackling the storm and natural calamities. Be it cyclone Amphan, Fani or Titli, the Chief Minister always emphasizes on zero casualties along with micro-management.
Odisha has also set an example for other states in managing natural disasters. This Odisha model has also been praised by the national media.
A day before completion of his second year of the fifth term, Naveen emerged as an undisputed leader by not seeking any immediate financial assistance to burden the Centre as the country is fighting against Covid-19 pandemic.
As the country is at the peak of Covid-19 pandemic, we have not sought any immediate financial assistance to burden the Central Govt and would like to manage it through our own resources to tide over the crisis, Naveen said after attending the review meeting of Prime Mimister Narendra Modi.
The Biju Janata Dal (BJD) led by him won 112 seats out of 147 Assembly seats in the state.