Vikash Sharma

With battle lines drawn, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday ripped into the ruling BJD government and dared Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to name the districts and its headquarters without the help of any paper.

While addressing a mega public meeting in Kandhamal district’s Phulbani, PM Modi stated that Naveen Patnaik has been the chief minister of Odisha for long, but the people in the state are unhappy.

“I challenge Naveen Babu to name the districts of Odisha without seeing a paper. The CM, who cannot even name the districts and its district headquarters without a piece of paper, how far will be able to understand the pain and suffering of the people,” questioned PM Modi.

Give Chance To BJP To Serve For 5 Years: PM Modi

“I appeal to the people of Odisha to give BJP a chance to serve for 5 years and we will make the state a developed one,” PM Modi said adding that Odisha has 100 times more power than what Gujarat has.

“There are plenty of resources in Odisha while Gujarat had only salt. But Gujarat is way ahead of Odisha. Hence, we want a CM who is an Odia and connected with the people. I urge people to vote for BJP MLAs to form government here,” said PM Modi.

Odisha BJP Is Committed For Odia Language

The state unit of the BJP is committed and dedicated to protecting Odia language. A son or daughter of the soil will become the Chief Minister of Odisha, said PM Narendra Modi.

PM Targets BJD Over Missing Ratna Bhandar Keys

“Odisha has a deep connection with Akshay Tritiya as the construction work for Puri Rath Yatra chariots starts from this auspicious day. Seven decades back, rules were framed and one rule was there to maintain the records of property, and treasure of Lord Jagannath in Ratna Bhandar. The last inventory was taken some 45 years back. All the ornaments and jewels were so much in quantity that evaluators could not complete the counting. Now the Ratna Bhandar has not been opened for the last 40 years,” said PM Modi.

However, the keys of Ratna Bhandar have been missing for the last six years. People have the rights to know what happened to the keys; who took the keys and what do they did with them, questioned PM Modi in his Kandhamal address.

PM Modi alleged that the Odisha government says that duplicate keys of Ratna Bhandar have been found. Why were duplicate keys made? Is the Ratna Bhandar opened during the night using duplicate keys? Are the ornaments of the Lord stolen? These are serious issues. The government set up a Commission but its report has not been made public. The BJP has been racking up the issue that why is the Naveen Patnaik government running away from this and what compulsion do they have? Whose sin is it that the BJD is hiding or protecting? Modi asked.

PM Modi assured the people of Odisha that once the BJP government comes to power here, the transparency of Ratna Bhandar will be restored and it is 'Modi Ki Guarantee'.

BJP Working For Poor: PM Modi

According to PM Modi, the BJP government is working with a target of development of Odisha and the country.  In the last 10 years, 25 crore people have come out of poverty. Be it pucca houses, free ration or other schemes, it has benefited the tribals and poor, said Modi.

PM Modi Rakes Up Non-Implementation of Ayushman Bharat Scheme

While addressing the public gathering, PM Narendra Modi highlighted the benefits of Ayushman Bharat. However, he expressed concerns over the non-implementation of the scheme Odisha.

“It is one the biggest schemes and the people here are deprived of the benefits. I have been trying to convince the Odisha government to implement the scheme in the last 5 years. Does such an insensitive government need to remain in power here?" PM Modi asked.

'Odisha Tourism Potential Immense But Failed Under BJD Govt'

There is a lot of tourism potential in Odisha. The BJP has announced Mudra Yojana, the youths can avail of loans up to Rs 20 lakh without any guarantee to start their own business, including for the tourism sector. The BJP government also prioritises farmers’ development. The state unit has announced to procure paddy at Rs 3100 per quintal and disbursal of money in 48 hours. This will benefit the farmers a lot, said PM Modi.

The Modi government has accorded GI Tag for Kandhamal turmeric. The BJD government has not set up cold storage. But the BJP has announced masala park in Kandhamal, he said.

The Modi government has started PM Vishwakarma Yojana and PM Janman Yojana has been started to benefit the tribals of Odisha who were neglected. The scheme took shape on the instruction of President Droupadi Murmu.

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The BJD and the Congress had declared Kandhamal as a backward region. Modi government has declared it as an aspirational district. “...BJP has approved several Eklavya schools. But the BJD leaders have usurped tribal lands. If the BJP government comes to power, action will be taken against the mafia. There is peace, development and protection of women in BJP-ruled states,” added PM Modi.

'PM, You Forgot about Odia language'

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik responded to PM Narendra Modi, and said, "What I remember or not, the people of Odisha know it well over the last 24 years, but the Honourable PM, how much you have remembered Odisha? Despite the classical language tag, you forgot about Odia language; Rs 1000 crore was given for the promotion of Sanskrit, but Odia language got zero; I sent a proposal twice for a classical tag for Odissi music, but you rejected my proposal on both occasions; you forgot about Biju Patnaik while conferring Bharat Ratna; you assured to double the MSP for farmers and forgot; do you remember the promises made in 2014 & 2019?"