After Odisha State Election Commission (SEC) announced the results of the panchayat polls on Saturday night, Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan said that Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) is set to come to power in the Odisha. Reacting to the comment, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday assertively said that he is confident about Biju Janata Dal (BJD) getting a thumping majority in the 2019 Assembly elections. According to Indian Express, Patnaik also accepted the fact that after underperformance in some districts, the party needs a course correction.
In the final results of the panchayat poll to 851 zilla parishad seats in Odisha the BJD emerged the winner with 467 seats out of 837 seats declared. It lost several of the 651 seats it won in 2012 to the BJP. The BJP came in second with 294 seats, a sharp improvement from its tally of 36 in the 2012 elections. The Congress was pushed to the third position, with 60 seats.
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On this Naveen Patnaik thanked people and said that he was grateful to the people for reposing their faith in BJD and retaining it as the largest party with absolute majority, with 56 per cent of seats.
Though the results of the elections that were held in five phases – between February 13 and February 21 – were unofficially known at the end of the final phase of polling, the final counting and tabulation started on Saturday in 314 block headquarters amid tight security.BJP won a majority in eight zilla parishads across 30 districts of the state and was on its way to gain control over three more in association with the Congress. The Congress, which managed a majority in the Jharsuguda zilla parishad, had won 128 seats in 2012.