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Development Plank: Modi Versus Naveen


04 January 2019

Debashish Maharana


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Bhubaneswar: As development has been stressed to be the main plank of both BJD supremo-cum-Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and BJP’s poster boy-cum-Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a war of words has virtually been waged against each other.

With the general elections a few months ahead and BJP’s Mission Odisha on target, PM Modi during his December 24 Khurda political speech took Naveen Patnaik’s Government head-on on developmental issues.

Rebutting Modi’s charges of poor irrigation facility allegedly provided to the farmers in the State here, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik yesterday shot a letter citing documentary evidence of his Government’s achievement in the context and claimed that Odisha is amongst the top States in the country in investment on irrigation as well as creation of irrigation potential.

Naveen has also averred in his letter that his Government in Odisha has created an additional irrigation potential of 7.8 lakh hectares and is on course to surpass the 10 lakh hectares target that the BJD Government led by him has set for itself.

In his reactions, senior journalist and political analyst Prasanna Mohanty said, “The visit of Prime Minister to Odisha is an extremely welcome step because Odisha has been neglected a lot in the past. No Prime Minister has visited Odisha so many times. Including tomorrow’s visit, it will be about nine times of Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Odisha.”

“Question is what package he has to offer because the people of Odisha have been curious to know. Last time, he laid foundation for projects worth Rs 15,000 crores. Similarly, he has also many projects during his Baripada visit tomorrow. But, it needs to be examined what Odisha is actually going to bag,” he remarked.

Odisha BJP vice-president Sameer Mohanty today claimed, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi has involved himself in the developmental process of Odisha. He is going to lay foundation for Rs 4,500 crore worth project. It is a New Year gift to the people of Odisha.”

He added, “While in last December 24, Rs 14.400 crore worth projects were sanctioned, now it is Rs 4,500 crore. This will improve the national highway status. We all know that the development of national highway will contribute to the development of whole Odisha. Economic activities will increase.”

He further stated, “Odisha’s 19 districts are being crisscrossed with the gas pipeline project under the Urja Ganga Yojana. This will create job opportunities. Also small and medium scale industries will start coming up. Odia youths will get employment and economic development will get paced up.”

On the contrary, BJD spokesperson Sameer Dash said, “We have been observing since 2014 how much development basket the Prime Minister has opened for the country and for Odisha, it is well known to the people here.”

He remarked, “Traditional work done is being dubbed as development basket is meaningless. Our Chief Minister Naveen Babu’s one and only motto is to fulfill his words whatever given to the people of Odisha. Thus, the people of Odisha repose trust in the Chief Minister.”

The BJD spokesperson also lambasted, “You know BJP national president had himself uttered the word ‘jumla’. But our Chief Minister has done whatever he has said. BJP as well as its Prime Minister has already proved himself to be lying.”

“Let them inspect at the ground level here what we have done,” he challenged.

Also Read: Odisha CM Naveen Rebuts PM Modi’s Dec 24 Khurda Rally Comments

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Prasanna Mohanty, Senior Journalist

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Sameer Mohanty, Vice-President, BJP, Odisha

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Sameer Dash, Spokesperson, BJD