Bhubaneswar: It seems that the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) now has adopted a tit-for-tat policy against its opposition parties. After party supremo and chief minister Naveen Patnaik took a jibe at the national parties during BJD’s recent Jan Sampark Padayatra in Bhubaneswar, it was now the turn of senior leader Damodar Rout to train his guns on BJP.
Rout while addressing a press conference on Thursday came down heavily on Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Central Government for its failure on several fronts.
Accusing BJP-led government at the centre of indulging in misleading propaganda against Odisha; Rout targeted the saffron party leaders for their failure in curbing black money, increasing the minimum support price of paddy and employment generation in the country.
Rout claimed that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government so far has not fulfilled its promises made by his party before coming to power in the 2014 elections.
The senior BJD leader further stated that Odisha’s literacy rate, GDP and other developmental metrics are much better compared to other BJP-ruled States in the country.
Meanwhile, the ongoing mudslinging between the former alliance partners- BJD and BJP has provided fodder to the opposition Congress in Odisha.
“People in country have started to criticize Modi government at the centre while BJD is also going through similar phase in Odisha,” said Congress leader Narasingha Mishra.
Whether BJD’s change in strategy is just a move to counter BJP national president Amit Shah’s attack on party president & CM Naveen or it is to infuse new spirit among party workers ahead of the crucial 2019 general elections has become a point of discussion among political pundits in the State.