Niranjan Fires Salvo At Modi, Says PM's Commitment To Odisha Questionable

14 January 2019

Debashish Maharana

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Bhubaneswar: Amidst Prime Minister Narendra Modi's whirlwing tours to Odisha, Pradeh Congress president Niranjan Patnaik today shot a volley of questions to the PM to gauge his commitment to the State.

Speaking to mediapersons here on Monday, Niranjan said that PM Modi’s only intention behind the frequent visits to Odisha is elections. “Under the garb of launch of development programmes, Modi has launched a proxy campaign for 2019 elections. Modi has repeatedly ignored the most crucial issues concerning our State,” said Niranjan.

Nirnajan said that Modi, before 2014 elections, had promised to implement the Swaminathan Commission report on agriculture. It has been over four and half years of the BJP government at Centre, the recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission have been kept at bay, he said.

“The BJP in its election manifesto promised to generate two crore jobs annually. Has Modi kept this promise? All major projects in Odisha such as NALCO in Damanjodi and Angul, HAL in Sunabeda and Ordnance Factory at Saintala were established during the Congress governments,” he said.

"The Rafael project was snatched away from HAL which has an important unit in Odisha. Had the project gone in favour of HAL, our State would have got a major opportunity in job creation," he added.

“Rajiv Gandhi had started the KBK project and later he granted backward region grants to Odisha which were ceased by Modi. Has he announced any special package to Odisha or the backward regions of the State,” said Niranjan.

Reacting to Congess’ allegations the BJP said that Niranjan has no moral authority to pose such questions.

“The party was in power at the Centre for 55 years. The manner, in which farmers have been oppressed during Congress regimes, is an open secret. PCC president's questions are nothing but crocodile tears to misguide people before the elections," BJP spokesperson Dilip Mohanty said.

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Niranjan Patnaik, President, Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee

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Dilip Mohanty, BJP Spokesperson, Odisha