Pradeep Singh

Throwing weight behind the clarion call of Amit Shah to uproot the Naveen Patnaik government, BJP national vice-president JP Nadda on Friday called for a BJD-mukt Odisha.

On the second day of his two-day Odisha visit, while addressing a gathering at Samyukta Morcha Sammelan in Bhubaneswar, the BJP chief said, “To see a developed nation, we need to develop all states. And for the development of Odisha, the State has to get rid of the BJD.”

Nadda launched a scathing attack on the ruling BJD and accused the party of hijacking the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) and re-branding it as its own- Biju Pucca Ghar Yojana.

“One person is facilitating houses but the credit is being taken by another,” he said adding that the BJP needs to make people aware of these hijackings of the Central schemes in Odisha.

The BJD government has deprived 60 lakh families of Odisha from the benefits of Centre’s Ayushman Bharat Yojana. Under MGNREGA, the Centre sanctioned Rs 15490 crore but fake bills are being made here in Odisha. Under Jal Jeevan Mission, the Modi government gave Rs 4966 crore but people in tribal areas still have to depend on water from well and ponds, said Nadda.

"Odisha is immersed in corruption and the State has to get rid of it. “Each and every member of the BJP has to fight against these corrupt practices in Odisha to bring the BJP to power,” he added.

Earlier in the day, after seeking the blessings of Lord Jagannath in Puri, the BJP chief went to Bhadrak where he recalled the last meeting with late Odisha MLA Bishnu Sethi and said, "Bishnu Babu’s demise is a big loss for all of us."

While addressing the Karyakarta Sammelan in Bhubaneswar on Thursday, Nadda tore into that the Naveen Patnaik-led BJD government while accusing it of falling flat in addressing the basic issues concerning the people of Odisha.