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Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Saturday hit out at Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, saying the CM may have become tired for which he is unable to figure out what he is speaking. Pradhan said so while addressing a gathering at Jagdalpur of Jharbandh block in the poll-bound Padampur constituency. 

While referring to what the CM had said regarding the Padampur railway project yesterday when he was on a visit to Padampur, Pradhan said, “It seems to me that you (Naveen Patnaik) are not in a position to understand anything. Because of this, you are saying what your ministers want you to say.”

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“Yesterday you (Naveen Patnaik) said 18 per cent GST is being imposed on Kendu leaves. I would like to say you are shedding crocodile tears for Kendu leaf pluckers. Out of 18 percent, you are getting 9 percent as revenue,” Pradhan said. 

Launching a verbal attack at the CM, the Union Minister said the law and order situation has gone bad to worse and the number of atrocities against women has increased during the BJD rule. 

Referring to the burning issue of unemployment and migrant labour, Pradhan said people of Bijepur had voted the CM to power in the last election. Betraying the people, he quit the Bijepur seat and retained the Hinjili seat. Had he not quit the seat, Bargarh would have been his district. But from here, people including youths are going outside in search of works. People from Hinjli are also going outside. People of this district would no longer count on him.