Blaming the Naveen Patnaik Government for backwardness in Odisha, BJP president Amit Shah on Wednesday called for dislodging the ruling dispensation in the next election.
Launching a scathing attack on the Chief Minister for the poor development of the State despite abundant natural resources and generous Central funding, Shah said the State needs a Government which understands the language of its people which, he said, only the BJP can do and bring the desired change the State needs.
Addressing an impressive gathering at Bhawanipatna, the district headquarters town of Kalahandi which hit the headlines for Dana Majhi, a tribal who carried his wife’s body on his shoulders for 10 km as the hospital failed to provide him a hearse, Shah said, “From the huge turnout, I can sense that the BJP is going to form the next Government in Odisha.”“Braving scorching heat, people have gathered here because they want a change. The Chief Minister has got tired of governing and a change is needed in the State,” he said.
Spewing venom against the BJD Government, Shah said even after 18 years of its rule, at least 36 per cent households in the State do not have electricity and 50 lakh people live in kutcha houses.
“There is no all-weather road connectivity to 12,442 villages, 7 per cent of primary schools have just one teacher, 66 per cent schools do not have required teachers and despite being rich in water resources, only 33 per cent of land has irrigation,” Shah said.
The BJP chief said despite the Centre providing funds for supplementary nutrition for 8.4 lakh children, the State Government has failed to utilise it. While the health services in rural areas is in shambles, the State has failed to tap the huge tourism potential.Noting that the 14th Finance Commission had allocated `2,11,510 crore to Odisha for various schemes, he said the BJD Government failed to use it judiciously. The State has been sanctioned `45,000 crore during the current financial year but still there is no development.Highlighting the Central schemes, Shah said the NDA Government has launched Soubhagya Scheme under which all houses will be provided with power supply by 2021. The Centre has also set a target to replace all ‘kutcha’ houses into ‘pucca’ houses before 2022.
Trying to touch the right chord with people of Western Odisha where migration is a major issue, Shah promised to stop migration of youth to other States in search of job if the BJP is voted to power. “We want to build Odisha where youth do not have to leave their homes for employment to other States. The BJP is committed to turn Odisha into a model State.”Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram, National BJP general secretary and Odisha-in-charge Arun Singh, BJP’s national spokesperson Sambit Patra and general secretary Sodan Singh also spoke.
BJP dispels rumour on reservation
Bhawanipatna:THE BJP president, Amit Shah, on Wednesday held the Opposition parties responsible for the loss of 10 lives during the April 2 Bharat bandh called against alleged dilution of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act which saw widespread violence in north, central and western States. Addressing a rally here, Shah said when the Centre had announced that it will file a review petition in the Supreme Court over amendment to SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, then why did the Congress and other Opposition parties called for Bharat bandh. The BJP boss said a rumour is being spread through social media that the Centre was mooting to withdraw reservation policy. He clarified that the NDA Government will neither end reservation nor will let anyone do it.