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Naveen Patnaik’s popularity is intact. BJP’s sinking tally in Odisha shows its regional limitations

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BJD’s sweep of Odisha rural polls, winning 90 per cent of Zilla Parishad seats, is testimony to CM Naveen Patnaik’s unwavering popularity. BJP’s tally sinking to 42 seats, from 297 in 2017, shows it has lost momentum. BJP’s rout in Bengal civic polls also underlines its limitations vis-a-vis regional players.

Minister’s claim about medical students is tasteless and wrong. Systemic failure is why Indians go abroad

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