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Odisha Govt’s Poll Promises Fake: Dharmendra Pradhan Targets BJD During Virtual Rally

Bhubaneswar: Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has lambasted Naveen-led BJD government while kicking off his campaign today for the upcoming by-polls in Tirtol assembly constituency.

During a virtual rally from the party headquarters here, Pradhan alleged that the state government only makes promises prior to the elections but has failed to fulfill any of them. “So far three by-elections have gone by but no promises have been fulfilled. All assurances the government has made was limited to poll gimmick and vanished post the elections,” he said.

Stating that negligence in healthcare services in Odisha has reached limits, Pradhan reiterated that the Centre’s Ayushman Bharat scheme should be implemented in Odisha in the interest of the people. “The Centre has extended all possible help to the State in its fight against the pandemic and during other disasters. The Centre released Rs 22000 crore for fighting Covid battle but look at the grave situation in the capital city. When the state was battered by cyclone Amphan, PM Modi immediately announced Rs 500 crore for relief, rehabilitation and restoration work. This apart, many beneficial measures were taken for the migrants. Whatever funds are being released by Centre to the State, it is being siphoned off, either for corrupt practices or because the government has no idea how to utilise it for the people,” said Pradhan, further accusing the BJD government of being insensitive towards the people.

I urge the citizens of Odisha to realise the faults of the government and vote in favour of the BJP during the upcoming by-polls, he said.

Pradhan also questioned the government over chit fund and mining scams, and river embankment corruption in Jajpur. “The government has betrayed the people of Odisha through false promises; people will answer them in these elections.”

The country cannot be called fully-developed unless there is development in the eastern region; and PM Modi has pledged to transform all States to make India a much better place, Pradhan said.

The Union Minister is also scheduled to address three public meetings in Balasore Sadar constituency tomorrow.

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