Annamalai lies about the seats won by BJP in Odisha in 2004, 2009 and 2014!

Annamalai falsely claimed the wrong numbers of seats won by BJP in Odisha from 2004 to 2014

Claim

Annamalai, back to his clear and confident best in the press meet: “If BJP was asked to ally with Naveen Patnaik 10 years back, would BJP have won Odisha today? From Zero seats in 2004 to 1 seat in 2009, now we are ruling Odisha. This is how a party would grow – step by step. I’m here to grow the party in TN, not to adjust with anybody. If the party wants an adjustable leadership, they will assign such a leader” Looks like KA is staying the course!

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Explanation

India’s 18th Lok Sabha General Election was polled in seven stages, beginning on April 19 and ending on June 1. In this instance, there were great hopes for the June 4 nationwide vote count. The opposition “India” alliance gained 234 seats, while the National Democratic Alliance, led by “The BJP,” got 292 seats.

In this instance, when the BJP failed to get a single seat in Tamil Nadu, the state’s BJP president, Annamalai, responded to questions from the media during a press conference by saying, “If BJP was asked to ally with Naveen Patnaik 10 years back, would BJP have won Odisha today? From Zero seats in 2004 to 1 seat in 2009, 3 in 2014 and 8 in 2019, now we are ruling Odisha. This is how a party would grow – step by step. I’m here to grow the party in TN, not to adjust with anybody. If the party wants an adjustable leadership, they will assign such a leader” Looks like KA is staying the course!”

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What’s the truth?

It is evident from reading through the news stories that in Odisha in 2004, the BJP partnered with Biju Janata Dal, led by Naveen Patnaik.

Odisha 2004 Assembly and Lok Sabha Elections:

The BJP and the Biju Janata Dal alliance totally won eighteen seats in the Odisha Lok Sabha in 2004. The BJP alone secured 7 seats out of 18.

Similarly, the BJP won 32 seats in the Odisha assembly elections of 2004. However, the information provided by Annamalai, which claims that the BJP won no seats there in 2004, is untrue.

Odisha 2009 Assembly and Lok Sabha Elections:

The Bharatiya Janata Party did not secure a single seat in the 2009 Odisha Lok Sabha elections. However, Annamalai claimed that they only took home one spot. Notably, the 2009 assembly elections saw the BJP win six seats in that area.

Odisha Assembly and Lok Sabha Elections 2014:

In the Odisha Lok Sabha elections of 2014, the BJP had only managed to secure one seat. In the local assembly elections, it had taken home ten seats. Yet according to Annamalai, the BJP has gained three seats there. This means the information is incorrect.

Odisha Assembly and Lok Sabha Elections 2019:

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) captured 8 Lok Sabha seats and 23 Assembly seats in the 2019 Odisha elections. However, Annamalai asserts that the BJP won eight seats in Odisha in 2019. Thus, this data is correct when Lok Sabha seat is considered.

Overall, all of the information provided by Annamalai regarding the year-by-year data showing the BJP’s victory in the Odisha elections is false except for that of 2019.

Conclusion:

Our investigation reveals that Annamalai’s claims that the BJP won zero seats in Odisha in 2004, one seat in 2009, and three seats in 2014 are completely false, and it is true that BJP won 8 seats in Odisha in 2019 as he claimed.

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Indu Meenakshi

Indu Meenakshi is a former Microbiologist-turned-journalist, works as a Sub-Editor at YouTurn. She additionally holds Master’s in Management and English Literature. As a fact-checker, her job entails actively dispelling false information found online, exposing fake news, and raising public awareness.
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