Although Biju Janata Dal (BJD) refused to join the anti-demonetisation movement led by West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee, BJP president Amit Shah claimed on Friday that the party failed to carry out development in Odisha.
While addressing a rally at ‘Jana Jagaran Maha Samabesh’ held at the Baramunda ground in Bhubaneswar, Shah asked the people to uproot Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik -led BJD from power as the ruling party had failed to ensure fulfillment of basic needs of the people.
“Most of the states of the country have undertaken development in past few years. However, Odisha has remained the same as it was before. What has Patnaik done in past 17 years for the development of Odisha,” Shah asked.
Contrary to other regional parties such as TMC, AAP, SP, BSP, which strongly denounced the Centre’s demonetization move as anti-poor, BJD chief Naveen Patnaik has unconditionally endorsed Modi government’s decision. He even refused to join the opposition leaders’ delegation to President Pranab Mukherjee. However, Shah also alleged that since 2014 when the BJP-led NDA government came to power at the Centre, it has provided Rs 1.30 lakh crore to Odisha.
Adding further, he mentioned, “The BJD government is not letting the benefits of Central schemes to reach the common man in the state.”
Recently, a heart-wrenching incident was reported about a Dalit man, Dana Majhi, who walked for 10 km carrying his wife’s body on shoulders from the Bhawanipatna hospital due to denial of a hearse van by the authorities. Giving that instance, the BJP president added, “The BJD government has failed to provide minimum facilities to the people of Odisha. Drinking water facilities are yet to be ensured for all. Besides, youths of Odisha are mostly venturing out of the state to earn a livelihood.”
Meanwhile, Patnayak wrote a letter to Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley seeking mobile banking services in rural areas of the state to avoid inconvenience to villagers. He pointed out that of the 6,238-gram panchayats, 4,400 don’t have a bank branch. This translates to 1.65 crore people, 47 per cent rural population and 70 per cent panchayats having no direct access to the banking system.