Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: Taking a jibe at the Naveen Patnaik-led BJD government in Odisha over the chit fund scam, senior BJP leader and Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said that the State government is embroiled in corruption and has encouraged ponzi firms in the state.

Briefing mediapersons at the party state headquarters, Javadekar said around 50 MLAs of ruling-BJD have promoted several chit fund companies in the state. He further said that small gullible depositors have not yet received their invested money.

The senior BJP leader also slammed the state government over poor state of education, lack of healthcare infrastructure and mismanagement in power sector.

"While there is acute shortage of teachers and doctors in schools and hospitals, respectively, many villages are still deprived of electricity," he said.

In response, BJD spokesperson Sasmit Patra termed Javadekar's statements as false and baseless.

Javadekar, who is on a two-day visit to Odisha, had also targeted Naveen yesterday terming him as anti-poor while hailing Prime Minister Narendra Modi as saviour of poor people.

Javadekar alleged that development in the State has come to a standstill during the 17 years of BJD rule.

The Union Minister has been given the charge of strengthening BJP’s organisation at seven Lok Sabha constituencies in Odisha.