Devbrat Patnaik

Baripada: National Spokesperson of the BJP and Bhubaneswar MP Aparajita Sarangi launched a scathing attack on Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik accusing him of betraying the people of Mayurbhanj district by not putting into service the promises made to them prior to the elections last year.

Sarangi was reportedly on a one-day visit to Baripada in Mayurbhanj on Friday to lay the foundation stone for construction of a Ram Mandir in the town when addressing a presser, she came down heavily on the Naveen government over various issues 'hunting the locals'.

The BJP MP said she wanted to remind Naveen Patnaik about the assurances he had made to the citizens before the 2019 general polls, which haven't even seen the initial stages of implementation as yet.

Here are some of the questions Sarangi had for the State CM, where she has sought open answers on behalf of the general public.

Question 1: "The Chief Minister had announced Rs 5 crore development package of the Jagannath temple in Baripada, the preservation and conservation of which has been a long-standing demand of everyone. What happened to the Rs 5 crore grant and the assurance?"

Question 2: "What is the situation/condition of the flyover over Bagra Road-Station Bazar? You all should go there and see how far the work has gone. That is what reflects the 20-year-rule of this government."

Question 3: "It's more than a year that the Chief Minister had announced to set up a world-class Chhau Dance Research Centre in Baripada to promote dance and culture. Why is it not done yet? Why is the government cheating people by making false promises?"

Question 4: "What happened to the Jambhira Dam project sketched to provide safe drinking water to the locals?"

Question 5: "The CM had promised construction of a ring road around Baripada to protect the town from a possible flood. Where is the flood-shielding ring road?"

Question 6: "This apart, Naveen Patnaik had announced to set up an office of the Additional District Magistrate (ADM) in Rairangpur for administrative purpose. Is there any update on that?"

"Why is there no progress on any of these developmental works despite commitment? All the promises are still hanging fire. People should realise this is what commitment means to a government ruling for over two decades," the MP said targeting the ruling-BJD.