Bhawanipatna: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that time has come for a change in Odisha.
Addressing an election rally at Krishna Nagar Ground in Bhawanipatna Town in Kalahandi district, Modi lambasted the Congress and BJD and said Odisha will script history in the same manner Uttar Pradesh and Tripura did in 2017 and 2018.
He targeted the State Government over chit fund and mining scam and non-cooperation in implementation of PM Kisan Yojana for farmers in the State.
“Do you want mining mafia and chit fund looters to rule Odisha or a chowkidar to serve you? There was no redressal of grievance of the poor and corruptions during the Congress regime. BJD has perpetuated the corruption of Congress,” said Modi.
Modi also alleged that the centre could not implement the PM-KISAN scheme and farmers as the State Government stood as a barrier.
“The BJD took forward the corrupt practices of Congress. In the last two decades, mining mafia chit fund scammers and corrupt officials were given patronage in Odisha,” said the Prime Minister.
Modi said that eight lakh poor people have got pucca houses, 3000 villages got electricity in Odisha for the first time after Independence and 40 lakh women have got Ujwala LPG connections after BJP came to power at the Centre five years back.
“This is not done by Modi. This is happening because of your votes. Hence, bring a double engine BJP Government at the Centre and also the State to usher development,” said Modi.
Modi said that Kalahandi has deep connection with Congress. “It is the same ground where former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi had said 15 paise of every rupee Centre sends reaches the ground. Rajiv knew the disease but he had no treatment. But the Chowikdar has the treatment,” added Modi.
He alleged that for 70 years the Congress looted Kalahandi and the country.
“In the name of poverty, Congress kept eating away a large amount of money meant for poor,” said Modi.
Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, party national vice president Baijyanta Panda, party State unit president Basanta Panda was present. Odisha will go to polls in four phases starting April 11.