Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the poll verdict in Odisha will surprise India and the state will be second Tripura (where BJP stormed to power last year).
“Odisha Hindustan ko surprise kar dega. Is baar Odisha dusra Tripura ban jayega. (Odisha will surprise India. It will become a second Tripura)” Modi said while interacting with people from various parts of the country under his ‘MainBhiChowkidar’ programme.
The PM said this in response to a question from Pabitra Parida, a fisherman from Kendrapda, who participated in the programme through video-conferencing. “I have seen people’s response during my recent visit to Odisha,” he said.
The BJD dismissed the PM’s claims as tall talks with no basis. “Many BJP leaders have been making tall claims. But wait for May 23, when counting of votes is scheduled. Things will be clear,” BJD spokesperson Sasmit Patra said.
Inputs from TOI