Mafia controlling all sectors in Odisha, BJP will break it: PM Modi

The PM said, "All government contracts are going to a select few as the mafia does not allow competition. After the BJP comes to power in Odisha, we will break the backbone of this mafia."
PM Modi at a rally in Odisha (Photo | Express)
PM Modi at a rally in Odisha (Photo | Express)

BHUBANESWAR/CUTTACK: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday came out all guns blazing against Naveen Patnaik's BJD government accusing it of derailing the progress and destroying the economy of Odisha in the last 25 years.

Launching a blistering attack on the Chief Minister and a coterie of officers surrounding him at two back-to-back election rallies at Angul and Cuttack, the Prime Minister said, "You trusted the BJD for 25 years but now the entire Odisha is reflecting on what it has given to you. Farmers, youth and adivasis are still struggling for a better life."

Focusing mostly on the Assembly elections, the Prime Minister dwelt on state issues at length by highlighting the shortcomings of the BJD government on all fronts. At Angul, he was flanked by Union Minister and the party’s Sambalpur Lok Sabha constituency candidate Dharmendra Pradhan as well as Dhenkanal nominee Rudra Narayan Pany.

Without taking any names, the Prime Minister said, "A mafia in the state is controlling all sectors. All government contracts are going to a select few as the mafia does not allow competition. After the BJP comes to power in Odisha, we will break the backbone of this mafia. Modi will spare none."

To strike a chord with the crowd, the Prime Minister asked, "Who ruined Odisha? Who destroyed the future of youths? Who trampled the dreams of farmers?"

Holding the BJD government responsible for this, Modi said a handful of corrupt people have captured the office of the chief minister and his residence. Even small BJD leaders have become crorepatis and have big bungalows, he said, adding, "It pains me to see the poverty and people in distress in Odisha which is full of natural resources. The BJD didn't let people benefit from the mineral resources."

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Stating that Odisha has hugely benefited from reforms initiated by the Centre in the mining sector by collecting Rs 26,000 crore as DMF funds, the PM said no development is visible in mineral bearing districts as the state government has misutilised the funds for political gains. The BJP government will take account of every pie spent by the BJD, he said.

The rich culture, tradition and mineral resources are not safe in the hands of the BJD, the PM said, adding it has been six years since the keys of Srimandir Ratna Bhandar went missing.

"People say the keys of Ratna Bhandar have been sent to Tamil Nadu. Will you forgive such people who have sent the keys to TN? Once the BJP forms the government in Odisha, the secret behind the missing Ratna Bhandar keys will be out and the guilty will not be spared," Modi said.

He lashed out at the state government for not resolving water-logging problems of Cuttack city, the cultural centre of the state. The city is encircled by rivers but its residents are still facing drinking water problems, he said.

"You have already given 25 years to the BJD and you all know the results. The next 25 years are important for Odisha in terms of development. Ensure the formation of a double-engine government in Odisha and you will see an unprecedented pace of development," the PM promised.

In Cuttack, Modi urged people to vote for the party’s Lok Sabha candidate Bhartruhari Mahtab and candidates in all the Assembly segments.

PM Modi at a rally in Odisha (Photo | Express)
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