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BJD Slams BJP’s Odisha Manifesto As ‘Deceptive’, Raises Volley Of Questions

07 April 2019

Mohammed Ishtiyaque

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Bhubaneswar: The BJP's Election Manifesto for Odisha has proved that the party which has demonstrated a habit of telling lies has tried to deceive again, alleged BJD spokesperson Sasmit Patra on Sunday.

Briefing mediapersons, he dissected the manifesto and put forth some questions stating while the BJP has let go of few of its promises presented in its 2014 manifesto, some of them have been repeated.

The BJP in its 2014 election manifesto had promised to grant special category status to Odisha, after coming to power, but why has it not mentioned the same in its 2019 manifesto, questioned Patra.

Why has the promise of construction of second bridge over Brahmani River and upgradation of Ispat General Hospital (IGH) into a super speciality hospital and medical college also not found a place in the 2019 manifesto, he added.

Patra further questioned why the BJP is silent over Mahanadi and Polavaram issue. People of Odisha have not forgotten the injury inflicted by the BJP in this regard, he added.

While the BJP has promised of a Capital Area Metro Rail Project to connect and integrate the twin cities of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar and has promised to connect 30 districts of Odisha by rail, why was it not able to establish rail network in Nabarangpur and Malkangiri districts of Odisha in the last five years even after being provided with free land and financial support by the Odisha Government, questioned Patra.

He further said the BJP in its 2014 manifesto had promised to provide 1.5 times the input cost as MSP to farmers and has mentioned it again in the 2019 manifesto, the lie repeated will not be granted by people of Odisha.

On the BJP's promise regarding expansion of irrigation network in the State through a dedicated fund of Rs 1,00,000 crores over the next five years, Patra questioned who is the BJP trying to fool as there is no such provision in the budget of the Central Government.

He also criticized the BJP on its promise to double income of farmers. The BJP perhaps is unaware that Odisha Government has already doubled the income of farmers, which has been proved by the survey of NSSO, a central government organisation.

The BJP's promise of developing 15 ports on the coastal belt of Odisha is the height of deception as even after ruling at Centre for five years, the party has not been able to construct even five ports across the country, said Patra.

By 100% implementation of Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (Ayushman Bharat) Scheme in the State the BJP will be hurting lakhs of beneficiaries. Is the party not able to tolerate that women in Odisha are getting Rs 7 lakh as assistance under Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana, he questioned.

BJP in its manifesto has further mentioned to invest Rs 1 lakh crore over 5 years for urban development. It is ridiculous as the total budget of Odisha is Rs one lakh twenty thousand crore, said Patra.

He further alleged the coal royalty has also not been revised by the BJP, but it is silent over it. The party had promised that Odisha would get Rs 70,000 crore as revenue from auctions of 12 coal blocks but only Rs 370 crores have been provided till date. The BJP manifesto is silent on it even after the Centre took crores of money from State but not returning it.

While BJP in its 2019 manifesto is promising employment/ self-employment to one member in every household of the State, it has not even fulfilled its promise of creating 2 crore jobs a year after coming to power. In this regard it would have been 10 crore jobs within five years and accordingly 36 lakh jobs for youths in Odisha, said Patra.

He further said while BJP in its current manifesto has promised to expedite the process of constructing the 415 kms-long Digha-Gopalpur Coastal Highway project, a decision in this regard had been taken in 2015 but not implemented till date.

The BJP has further cancelled funding for 33 schemes in Odisha including schemes for tribal students and region. Is it the BJP's anti-tribal policy, questioned Patra. The manifesto of BJP is a false document that had been presented in 2014 and again in 2019. It will be again present in 2024 with more lies to deceive the people of Odisha, he added.

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Sasmit Patra, Spokesperson, BJD