Sambalpur:16/4/19:Senior BJP leader and Prime Minister Narendra Modi today addressed public meeting at Sambalpur in Odisha. Mr. Modi said, the Naveen Patnaik government had pocketed 85 percent of the money that the Centre had sent to the state.
He said, people of Odisha were wracked by poverty years after Independence because Congress and BJD have been in power in the state. Congress president Rahul Gandhi today began his two-day election campaign in Kerela which will cover several districts including his second constituency of Wayanad.
Speaking in Pathanapuram, he said, the money for NYAY scheme will come from corrupt businessmen and people. Mr Gandhi said, the Congress will make sure that those who have stolen money from people must pay back to people.
Modi said that although Odisha has been given Rs 6,000 crore under District Mineral Foundation (DMF) scheme for development, but the State is seriously lagging in utilising it.“Out of Rs 6,000 crore, a mere Rs 1,000 crore has been spent,” said Modi.
He also came down heavily on State Government over Re 1 kg rice scheme and poor state of affairs of farmers and also large-scale corruption.
“If Centre is providing Re 1 to Odisha, 85 paise is being taken away by brokers. Poor people only receive 15 paise. How can there be development. How can roads, bridges, hospitals and schools be set up under such circumstances? But we have made sure and will make sure that funds are utilised for welfare of people only,” said Modi.
He also targeted the State Government for poor irrigation facilities. “Mahanadi river and Hirakud reservoir is here. Despite the existence of these water bodies, farmers are dying for a single drop of water.”
Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Sambalpur Lok Sabha and Assembly candidates were present.
The Prime Minister will hold a roadshow in Bhubaneswar this afternoon as part of his election rally.
Polling in Bhubaneswar Lok Sabha constituency and seven Assembly segments coming under it will be held in the third phase on April 23.