BHUBANESWAR: Borrowing from the campaign slogan, 'Ma, Mati, Manush', of Trinamool Congress, chief minister Naveen Patnaik today called upon the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) workers and leaders to dedicate themselves to the service of 'Ma, Mati and Manisha' to win the confidence of people.
"I have visited all the 30 districts. The support of people to our government and the party has touched me," the BJD supremo said while addressing the party's 19th foundation day here and announced that all promises made by the BJD during the 2014 assembly elections will be fulfilled.
Targetting the opposition political parties, Congress and BJP, for trying to malign BJD's image, the chief minister said they have been rejected by the people. "There is an attempt to malign the image of BJD by a section of opposition parties. These parties have launched a misinformation campaign against BJD. But they have been rejected by the people of Odisha," he said.
Stating that the opposition political parties are worried as their misinformation campaign has no impact on the people, Naveen said the craze for the BJD among the people is still there.
"We are indebted to the people of Odisha since they remained untouched by the waves in national politics during 2014 elections," Naveen said adding that the confidence of people in BJD made him more responsible.
Coming down heavily on opposition parties, the chief minister said, while some parties are engaged in internal quarrel others to live on the publicity.
"They (opposition parties) have no sincerity towards Odisha, while BJD is with the people of Odisha. The BJD continues to remain as number one party in the state due to hard work of the party workers. We will continue to maintain the number one position. Let us join hands and work for the service of the state and its people," he said.
Naveen criticised the Centre for neglecting Odisha and alleged that it has slashed allocations for development of backward and tribal dominated regions of the state. He also referred to the Centre's support for the controversial Polavaram project in Andhra Pradesh and Chhattishgarh's unilateral construction of projects on Mahanadi river. BJD and Odisha government would continue its agitation against the two issues, he said.