‘Ministry reshuffle’ likely to be held after April 17


Bhubaneswar: While before his four-day visit to New Delhi, Chief Minister Naveen Pattnaik had revealed of the changes to be made in his ministry, but now his recent statements in various press meets suggest that the reshuffling of ministry stands at a ‘Yes-No’ state.

Pattnaik while attending a press meet at Delhi, just before his departure from the place, commented that he has not yet given any thought to a reshuffle in his Ministry. But soon after landing at the state capital, during a press meet on Tuesday, Pattnaik has said that he would look into the matter of ‘ministry reshuffling’.

As such, this two-way opinion by Pattnaik has made everyone in the party sphere sit with their fingers crossed.

As per sources, Pattnaik has decided not to go for such an exercise in view of the national executive of the BJP scheduled on April 15 and 16 and talks about a BJP engineered split in the ruling BJD. Similarly, April 17, being the death anniversary of Pattnaik’s father and former Chief Minister Biju Pattnaik, all speculations and actions on reshuffling would only be made after April 17.

Talks of a reshuffle in the ministry had gained ground following the not so impressive performance of the BJD in the Zilla Parishad polls in February in which the tally of the party had dropped to 473 from 651 in 2012. The party had lost in the districts represented by several ministers where the BJP had emerged as a force.

The BJP put a serious challenge to the BJD by winning 293 ZP zones. Sources said the decision not to go for a reshuffle in the ministry may have been taken by the chief minister to apprehend any possibility of growth of factionalism in the party ahead of the national executive of the BJP.

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