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Bhubaneswar: Union Human Resources Department Minister Prakash Javadekar, who is on a two day visit to Odisha, today termed Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik as anti-poor and hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi as saviour of poor people.
Javadekar alleged that development in the State has come to a standstill since last 17 years of Naveen Government.
Javadekar, who has been given the charge of strengthening the BJP's organisation at seven Lok Sabha constituencies in Odisha, had his afternoon meal at a party worker, D Laxmi's house in Buddha Nagar slum.
He said that Naveen is trying to evacuate poor from the slums and will not be allowed to do so.
"The public here has always protested the measures of anti-poor Naveen government. We will throw away the corrupt government of Naveen Patnaik and public will choose us," said Javadekar.
In reply to Javadekar's allegations, BJD spokesperson Sasmit Patra said, "If he had arrived before the year 2000 he would have seen the pace of development taken place in Odisha in the last 17 years. The claims they had made three years back were foiled for which fear has grasped them. That is the reason they are giving such statements."