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Odisha CM Begins Poll Campaign, Says BJD Will Get 21/21 LS Seats In State & Play Kingmaker At Centre

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24 March 2019


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Nayagarh: With elections knocking on the door, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patanik began his poll campaign in Nayagarh today seeking the support of people for a 5th consecutive term. Addressing a public gathering, he sounded confident of Biju Janata Dal (BJD) winning all 21 Lok Sabha seats in the State and playing an important role in formation of Government at the Centre.

He began his address by highlighting Pramila Bisoi, the 70-year-old SHG woman who has been made BJD's Lok Sabha candidate from Aska constituency. He said, "On national level, the BJD is the first party to have given 33% reservation to women for Lok Sabha seats. This is real empowerment. Under Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana, women can avail Rs 7 lakh treatment cost. Under Mission Shakti, women can take zero interest loan. I have full faith that if women are empowered then every house, village, State and country will prosper."

He also went on to talk about the KALIA scheme. He said, "We have shown the farmers the way ahead with KALIA scheme. 35 lakh families have received assistance and 20 lakh more are going to get the benefits. Not a single farmer will be deprived of this scheme's benefits."

Coming to Centre's neglect towards Odisha, he said, "We have been fighting for special category status to Odisha. If Odisha gets it, then the state and the people will get a lot of benefits. There will be a surplus of funds, more youths will get jobs and further development will follow."

"In 2014, BJP said in its manifesto that special category status for Odisha was their priority. However, they forgot about it after coming to power. This is injustice. Despite getting profit of Rs 20,000 crore from Odisha alone in Railways, the rail network of this State is the poorest. All the money is going to other states. Centre is getting thousands of crores from coal mining here, but Odisha is getting only dust. Is this not Centre's neglect?," he added.

The CM continued, "In Mahanadi issue, Centre supported Chhattisgarh. In Polavaram, they supported Andhra Pradesh. Odisha is lacking in telecom, banking, and national highway. Is all of this not Centre's neglect? BJP leaders cannot fight for Odisha as they are being controlled by Central High Command. But, BJD is Odisha's party. Our high command is the people of the State and with them lies the remote control."

"No national party will get majority this time in Centre. We will play a key role in forming the government at the Centre as BJD will win 21/21 seats. I hope you put your blessings on the conch (Sankha) symbol and let us make sure that we fight against the historical neglect that Odisha has been facing for all these years," he concluded.

On Saturday evening, Naveen had been named in the list of BJD's star campaigners for General Elections.

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Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister, Odisha