Congress and BJD failed Odisha in last 75 years, says Rajnath Singh

Speaking on the occasion, Pradhan said the BJD government has been hijacking the Central schemes.
Rajnath Singh and Dharmendra Pradhan at the meeting in Rairakhol.
Rajnath Singh and Dharmendra Pradhan at the meeting in Rairakhol.

SAMBALPUR: Senior BJP leader and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday termed Odisha’s development a story of missed opportunities under Congress and BJD regimes.

Addressed a public meeting in Rairakhol sub-division of Sambalpur district, Singh said Congress ruled the state for around 50 years and the BJD government has been around 25 years. “But Odisha has failed to achieve the level of development it could have in the last 75 years,” he said.

“Poverty in the state that could have been alleviated but still lingers. Such is the situation that iconic things related to Odia culture have disappeared during the Congress and BJD regimes. Many scriptures and articles related to art and culture have also vanished,” he said.

Raking up the issue of missing keys of Ratna Bhandar in Puri Jagannath temple, he said once BJP forms government in the state, the matter will be investigated thoroughly. Singh appealed people to vote for Sambalpur Lok Sabha candidate Dharmendra Pradhan and Rairakhol Assembly seat candidate Debendra Mohapatra during the meeting.

He took a dig at the ruling BJD and said the benefits of popular Central schemes could not reach people of Odisha due to lapses of the BJD government which was worried the credit might go to Modi. That is why the state government did not implement Ayushman Bharat scheme in Odisha, he added. Singh promised that within two years of BJP forming the government in the state, beneficiaries will be covered under Ayushman Bharat and avail healthcare up to Rs 5 lakh.

“After Narendra Modi became the PM, India has scaled new highs across the globe. Today, when India represents itself at any international forums, the world listens to us. The reverence of PM Modi had increased remarkably globally,” he said. Singh said people of different countries are discussing about the iconic Konark and the credit for the same goes to the PM who contributed towards glorification of Odisha in the world, he added.

Speaking on the occasion, Pradhan said the BJD government has been hijacking the Central schemes. Despite the Centre pumping in huge amounts of funds, the benefits of the schemes do not reach the beneficiaries in the state, he said.

“The Modi government sanctioned Rs 10,000 crore under Jal Jeevan scheme but drinking water is still a mirage for people in the state,” he added. Pradhan said people of Odisha are fed up with the BJD government and would throw it out in the elections.

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