BARGARH: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan took aim at his counterpart in Odisha, saying Naveen Patnaik had to go if any progress were to come to the state.
He was addressing a mass gathering at the ‘Sab Ka Saath, Sab Ka Vikas’ event organised here on Saturday to highlight achievements of three years of the Modi-led NDA government rule at the Centre.
The event turned out to be more of an ‘oust Naveen campaign’ for the BJP as Chouhan called upon the gathering to throw away BJD to help Odisha join the development unleashed by Modi.
Prior to his arrival, the police made preventive arrests of more than 200 political activists of BJD, Congress and AAP including Bargarh MLA Debesh Acharya, Bargarh Municipality Chairman Prashanta Behera, former Congress MLAs Nihar Mahanand and Sadhu Charan Nepak.
Once a rival of Modi, Chouhan was even a contender for the Prime Minister’s choice in the BJP in the run up to the 2014 election. But on Saturday, he called the Prime Minister an avatar of Lord Krishna and even went so far as to claim that the globe does not move without consulting Modi, who had raised India to an envious position.
“Even China is apprehensive of India after two surgical strikes,” he claimed while addressing the crowd
Rattling out the statistic of funds doled out by the Centre to the State, the Madhya Pradesh CM said while other states were flourishing with the funds, Odisha was lagging far behind. He went on to recall the ‘policy paralysis’ during the UPA regime and the silence of the former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over various issues, even after three years of Modi rule.
Skirting the contentious issue of farmers being shot dead by police in his state, Chouhan chose to speak about development in Madhya Pradesh and said it could be possible in Odisha too, provided that people of the State elect a BJP government.