STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
Bhubaneswar, 15 July
Did Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik turn down feelers from the BJP for a meeting with Narendra Modi?
Speculations to this effect are doing the rounds of political circles here ever since yoga guru Ramdev called on Mr Patnaik a couple of days ago.
The gossip mills have it that Ramdev had dropped by to explore the possibility of a meeting between Mr Patnaik and Mr Modi. The Odisha chief minister was reportedly not inclined to meet his Gujarat counterpart, not at least in the state, maybe at Delhi, is the word that is doing the rounds of the state capital.
It may be recalled that Mr Patnaik had, a month ago, told media persons in New Delhi that Mr Modi is not acceptable as a national leader. The state government will however extend due protocol and officers will receive Narendra Modi when he arrives at the airport tomorrow.