Bhubaneswar, Jan 06: Showing soft attitude towards Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik in his heart, BJP national president Amit Shah lashed out at Congress for not focusing on the development for the country during its regime in the past 60 years.
Addressing the Mahasangram rally at Unit 6 Govt High School in Odisha capital, Shah did not target Naveen Patnaik led BJD government, but spoke only on scams in the state. This may surprise many who had been talking that the BJP chief will come down heavily on the BJD government on several grounds.
Rather, he talked tough against the Congress saying the party was responsible for the backwardness of the state, which could be No 1 in the country as this is rich in natural resources.
"With its rich natural resources, Odisha has the potential to become the No 1 state in the country. You have seen the progress that BJP ruled states have achieved. It is time Odisha joined the list of fast growing states by voting for a BJP government", he said, without targeting the BJD.
Al though, the mineral wealth of Odisha is helping the progress of the nation, but the state still remains underdeveloped. For this reason, Modi government has decided to help the states like Jharkhand and Odisha on all fronts, he said.
The new policy on mines auction would help the states to generate revenue and also crores of people will get employment due to "Make in India" programme. Praising the central government, Shah said that the country witnessed a steep fall in the petrol, diesel prices in the last seven months that had not happened in the last 10 years during UPA government.
He said that the BJP ruling states are concentrating on eradication of unemployment and Odisha could be one of those if BJP is voted to power. Showing the drawback of the present government in Odisha, he said that just 14% of people in Odisha have access to safe drinking water while only 22% have toilets at their homes after 14 years of BJD rule.
There are hospitals, but no doctors; schools, but no teachers, no employment and corruption is rampant in the state.
Taking on the Congress, he said that no development was seen during the Congress regime in the state, nor it happened when it was in power in the Centre. He assured the state government that the BJP government is with all the states to script development.
On AICC vice president Rahul Gandhi's remarks on the progress report card in the past six months, he asked, "I ask you, first give a report card on what your family has done in the 60 years that your family ruled the country".
He said that the faulty policies during UPA government had resulted in the high inflation, price rise and less growth in the country. But changes have been seen in the past few months after Modi government came to power at the Centre.
The BJP chief talked on continuous ceasefire violations along the international border in Jammu and Kashmir taking the credit for the manner the BSF jawans giving strong reply to the Pakistan troops.
Talking on the Indian coast guard that foiled the terror plan on the night of December 31 in Arabian sea, Shah criticised the Congress for questioning the government the operation carried out against the terrorists.
At the rally, Shah asked people to join the party on the spot by dialing the toll-free number.
On the other hand, state leaders and union ministers Dharmendra Pradhan and Jual Oram criticised Naveen Patnaik government for cheating people in the name of central negligence. Party state unit president KV Singhdeo, senior party lleaders Bijay Mohapatra, Biswa Bhushan Harichandan and others attacked the state government on various issues like chit fund scam and mining scam.
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