Puri :4/1/19: BJP National President Amit Shah on Sunday appealed the voters of Odisha to overthrow Naven Patnaik government while blaming it for non-performance and for its failure to implement effective governance in a continuous 19 years in power.
While addressing over 5000 tribal representatives at the two-day programme that concluded on Sunday, Shah described Patnaik-led government as a ‘burnt transformer’ that has failed to spend the grants from the central government.
Playing the tribal card, Shah said the State government has done precious little for tribals. They are neglected a lot despite central government’s grants. Rs 144 crore tribals,
The BJP government has allocated Rs 329 crore for tribals after it came to power while the previous central government has sanctioned Rs 144 crore, he said emphasizing the centre’s concern for Odisha’s tribals.
“Of the political parties, BJP only respects tribals and works wholeheartedly for their betterment. 32 tribal MPs have been elected on BJP tickets in 2016 Lok Sabha polls. Tribals in Odisha have been reduced to objects of neglect. Naveen Patnaik government has been neglecting them”, he said.
“I do not have any words of poor condition of tribal population in odisha. The sorry plight of Dana Majhi who was forced to walk carrying his wife’s body shoulder in kalahandi district has exposed Naveen Patnaik government’s insensitivity towards tribals to the outer world. The State government was not able to facilitate the last rites of a poor tribal”, he said adding that “Naveen Patnain has lost his right to continue in power any more”.
Highlighting the State’s failure to generate employment, he said “Odisha’s youths are migrating to other states in search of work as they are not getting jobs in odisha. Naveen Babu should be ashamed of. Odisha is rich mineral resources. Why Odisha is not prospering? Odhisha does not have a Chief Minister who knows how to govern, he said taking a dig at Naveen.
The BJP-led government at the centre has worked a lot for odisha’s development since 2014. But those have not percolated down to the grass roots because of poor governance by Naveen Patnaik government.
Odisha BJP has recently launched a campaign “jawab maguchi Odisha” highlighting the series of failures of State government. But the BJD government has turned deaf and is unable to reply.
Incidentally Odisha which just sent a lone MP out of 21 seats remains in the list of priority states as part of its “Look East” electoral policy.