Bhubaneswar/Puri: Making BJP’s intent clear ahead of the upcoming general elections, national president of the saffron party, Amit Shah, today slammed the Biju Janata Dal (BJD)-led State government for its failure in ensuring development of the State.
While addressing the executive meeting of party’s Mahila Morcha in Puri, Amit Shah claimed that Odisha will become the No.1 State in the country if BJP is voted to power in the next elections.
“Naveen Patnaik-led BJD government has been in power for 18 years and no one else has got such a long term. But still Odisha is lagging behind on several fronts. Give a chance to BJP under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi and we will make Odisha top state in 5 years,” Shah said.
Shah also alleged that due to the unholy nexus between Odisha government and rice millers, farmers are not getting right prices for their produce.
"While PM Modi is engaged in 'Make in India', the Congress and other opposition parties are attempting 'Break in India.' Recently, PM Modi launched the Ayushman Bharat scheme to provide health cover of Rs 5 lakh to nearly 10 crore population. But the people of Odisha will not get such benefits as Naveen Patnaik did not implement fearing that Modi will become popular here."
“Naveen Patnaik is not worried about development, but is concerned about his post. The government is here to go in 2019 and the day BJP comes to power, we will implement the Ayushman Bharat scheme,” said Shah.
Shah further accused that there is a constitutional crisis in Odisha as only a handful of corrupt officers are ruling here.
“In the last 3 years, 14 BJP workers have been killed in Odisha. This will not deter the BJP to work for the poor in the State,” Shah said while giving a clarion call to dethrone the BJD government in the State.
Responding to Amit Shah’s allegations, BJD vice-president, Surya Narayan Patro said, “He (Shah) might have said to satisfy and encourage his own party workers. People of Odisha will not vote for BJP.”
Congress working president, Naba Das on the other hand accused both BJD and BJP for misleading people of Odisha.
“There is a competition between both the parties to mislead people with fake assurances ahead of polls. But people of Odisha very well know that neither the State government nor the Centre are working for their interests,” said Das.