Shah tears into Naveen Patnaik, says he has pushed Odisha back 50 years during BJD’s 25-year rule


Berhampur, May 15: Union Home Minister and senior BJP leader Amit Shah on Wednesday tore into Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, saying he has pushed the State back by 50 years during his BJD’s 25-year rule.

He urged the voters to give an opportunity to the saffron party to form Government in the State for its holistic development.

Addressing an election rally at Soroda under the Aska Lok Sabha constituency in Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik’s home district Ganjam, Shah also claimed that the State is being run by “outsiders” instead of elected representatives.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi has enhanced the reputation of Odisha across the world by selecting Konark wheel in the G20 event and selecting Droupadi Murmu fir the highest post of the country… However, in 25 years of BJD rule, Naveen Babu pushed the State back 50 years,” he said.

The Home Minister also said the BJP will implement the ‘One Nation One Ration Card’ scheme in Odisha if it comes to power in the State.

Launching a scathing attack on the CM over Puri Jagannath Parikrama project and misding Ratna Bhandar keys, Shah said, “In the name of Parikrama project, temples and mutts around the Jagannath temple were demolished. I also want to ask Naveen Babu that where is the missing keys. We will make public the judicial commission report on the missing keys of Puri Jagannath temple’s Ratna Bhandar within six days of forming Government in Odisha,” Shah asserted.

Hailing PM Modi, Shah said he ended terrorism and Naxalism in India.

“You have given 25 years to Naveen babu, just give five years to Modi and see the change in the StateofOdisha,” the BJP stalwart told the rally.

“Naveen Babu’s Government didn’t allow the people of Odisha to participate in the festival of Ram Janmabhoomi. The people here are completely upset with Naveen Babu’s Government. Those who obstruct the Ram Utsav celebrations will never be forgiven by the people of Odisha,” Shah said.

Later, he also held a roadshow in Cuttack.

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