Odisha Polls-2019: Naveen Campaigns In Own Assembly Constituency, Vows “Bijepur’s Development Is My Duty”

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16 April 2019


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Bargarh: In the run-up to the ongoing seven-phase general elections (both Lok Sabha and Assembly), BJD supremo-cum-Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today campaigned at his own assembly constituency Bijepur in Bargarh parliamentary constituency and pledged that its all round development is his prime duty and responsibility.

Naveen today initiated his poll campaign from Barpali and in sequel addressed public meetings at Bijepur and Gaisilet.

Addressing the voters of his own assembly constituency of Bijepur, Naveen Patnaik said, “Some of our friends from this area had met me at Bhubaneswar and had requested me to contest from Bijepur. Hence, I took the decision and contesting from here. Bijepur’s development is my duty.”

As he has been making the people aware of his government’s performance, Naveen Patnaik here also reiterated, “40 lakh farmers have already been benefitted from KALIA Yojana (scheme). But, the BJP Government at the Centre has conspired to stop this scheme. Till I’m here, no body can stop KALIA Yojana. All these farmers will get Rs 10,000 assistance of the pending two installments on the very first day of the BJD Government is formed.”

Taking a potshot, the regional satrap burst, “BJP had promised to double up MSP in its manifesto of 2014. It was a good thing, but nothing was materialized. I had demanded before the Central Government in this regard in 2016, but of no avail. All decided unanimously in the Assembly, formed House Committee having all the parties in it and rushed to Delhi for the sake of the farmers. While two years have elapsed, Delhi Durbar didn’t allow even two minutes of time for paying heed to this grievance. Two Odias are the Union Ministers. They also remained mum.”

Coming down heavily on the BJP Government at the Centre, the Odisha Chief Minister ridiculed, “GST was levied on the weavers. I had also demanded to place our Koshali language in the Schedule VIII of the Constitution. Nothing happened. Is this the sympathy of Centre’s BJP Government for Odisha, our farmers, our weavers and our Koshali language?”

Lampooning further, he remarked, “When election comes, they (BJP central leaders) come and have tall talks. After that, they go missing at the time of turmoil.”

“But, I am with you all as 4.5 crore people of Odisha are my family. I’ll keep on serving you all till my last breath,” he averred and appealed, “Bless me and cast your vote for conch symbol.”

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Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister, Odisha