Shah holds Patnaik responsible for Odisha's backwardness

Shah holds Patnaik responsible for Odisha's backwardness

The party president's previous visit to Bhubaneshwar, at a similarly hyped rally, had disappointed many a BJP cadre when he refused to be critical of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

Alleging the state government of having failed to ensure the most basic needs of the people Shah addressed a large gathering at "Jana Jagaran Maha Samabesh" here in Baramunda ground saying while most states have surpassed their targets of developments and have achieved status of modernization Odisha has remained the same like it was years back.

Targeting BJD government, Shah said that "Odisha Chief Minister keeps asking what we have done in 2.5 Years but never answers what he has done for Odisha in last 17 years".

Shah gave example of Dana Majhi incident saying the BJD government is also not able to provide the minimal facilities for which Dana had to carry the body of his wife on head for almost 10 kilometres.

"The state government has failed to provide drinking water and electricity in Odisha".

The Centre, Shah said, has announced to spend Rs 20,000 crore for the development of the national highways in Odisha of which, Rs 4,500 crore was meant for the coastal roads.

Taking on the united Opposition, BJP President Amit Shah has said: "During a flood, cat, snake, mouse and mongoose scamper up the same tree". The audience chorused with a huge "no". PM Modi gives importance to act east policy and wants holistic development of Odisha but BJD is not leting it happen.

Earlier on Saturday, a preparatory meeting was conducted by the party (BJP) state unit to frame a roadmap for next panchayat elections with Union Petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan, KV Singhdeo, State BJP president Basant Panda attending the same.

Reeling out statistics, he said the Narendra Modi government had provided Rs 1.30 lakh crore to Odisha in the past two and a half years. "It's the Modi government that daringly conducted surgical strikes and inflicted a heavy blow to the enemy and the terror camps on its territory", the BJP chief said, recalling the aftermath of the Uri attack.

"The Centre has allocated funds for the state's development but the BJD government is not letting benefits of central schemes reach the common man in Odisha", Shah alleged.