Panchayat poll a trailer, BJD to watch full movie in 2019: Ram Kripal

Bhubaneswar: Daring Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to hold early elections in Odisha, Union Minister of State for Rural Development Ram Kripal on Saturday claimed BJD will be cornered in 2019 general elections.

“Panchayat election was just a trailer. The BJD will watch the full movie in 2019 polls. If he (Naveen Patnaik) has guts, he should hold elections now”, Yadav dared at a press meet here after reviewing some works in Ganjam and Kandhamal districts.

The union minister, who was on a one-day Odisha visit to take part in BJP’s Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas’ programme, flayed the Odisha government for misappropriating central funds. He alleged that works under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) is not done properly in the State. Houses under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana are being propagated by BJD as Biju Pucca Ghar Yojana, he alleged.

BJD also reacted sharply to Yadav’s allegation terming him as unwise. “He lacks knowledge. It’s State’s revenue that contributes to Central funds which again comes back as allocation. There are no central funds”, BJD spokesperson Surya Narayan Patro said.

He also replied to the Union Minister’s statement over 2019 election saying “We would show them the film in 2019 elections”.