I am in very good health, BJP spreading rumours: Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik | India News

BHUBANESWAR: A day before six Odisha Lok Sabha seats, including the twin cities of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack, and 42 assembly seats go to the polls, CM Naveen Patnaik said on Friday he is in perfect shape and accused BJP of spreading rumours about his health.
“There is a limit to the amount of lies BJP can tell. As you can see, I am in very good health and I have been campaigning all over the state for around a month,” the 77-year-old CM told reporters a day after BJP wrote to state police chief saying the CM has been “captured” by his associate VK Pandian.
Naveen’s assertion comes amid BJP’s top BJP leadership raising this issue in election rallies. While PM Narendra Modi said BJP will give the state “a young Odia CM”, home minister Amit Shah questioned Naveen’s advanced age and health. “Naveen babu is unwell. He doesn’t run his govt, a Tamil babu runs it,” Shah had said.
However, Naveen’s social media team has been releasing videos and pictures of the CM waving at the crowd and campaigning on foot. If Naveen wins the state polls, he is poised to overtake Sikkim’s Pawan Kumar Chamling’s record of being the country’s longest-serving CM. Chamling governed for 24 years, a record that could by broken in August with Naveen’s victory.
Pandian slammed BJP for questioning CM Naveen’s health, saying the remarks were below the belt. He said BJP should come up with innovative ideas instead of raising “sub-standard” issues.
In his letter to DGP Arun Sarangi, BJP’s former state chief Samir Mohanty alleged that Pandian and some non-Odia officers had ‘captured’ the CM. Samir had earlier raised apprehension about Naveen’s health, alleging that he appeared in AI-generated deep-fake videos, a charge vehemently denied by BJD.

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