Ekla Chalo Rey: BJP Will Fight Next Odisha Assembly Polls Alone Says Amit Shah

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Bhubaneswar: Reiterating the success of his Mission-120 MLA seats in the assembly elections  in 2019, national president of the BJP Amit Shah today announced here that his party would fight the next Odisha assembly polls alone.

Amit also criticized the Naveen Patnaik government for its “incompetence”, saying benefits of over Rs 4 lakh crore given by the Centre to the state had not reached the real beneficiaries in the state of Odisha.

The BJP president, who is on a three-day visit to  Odisha, argued in favour of a younger leadership to run the state and came down heavily on Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, saying backwardness and poverty continued due to his government’s “misrule, inefficiency and corruption”.

Howevr, Amit parried a question on who would be the BJP’s face in the state, saying the party had not decided on it.

“BJP will fight the next elections in Odisha alone. There will be no alliance with any other political party,” Amit said at a press conference here.

He also claimed that his party would win over 120 seats in the 147-member assembly.

Asked how his party planned to clinch 120 MLA seats from the 10 seats it bagged in 2014, Amit cited the example of Utar Pradeh where his party won over three-fourths of the seats after getting only 15 per cent votes in the previous poll.

He did not forget to add that the BJP had won 18 per cent votes in the eastern state. The BJP had received huge support from people in the last panchayat elections held earlier this year, he noted.

The BJD government was in its fourth consecutive term in the state, which lagged behind other states in development, Amit pointed out.

The chief of the saffron party Amit Shah parried a question on whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi would contest the next Lok Sabha poll from Puri after having fought from Varanasi last time and said the parliamentary election was “far away”.

Sharpening his attack on the state government, he alleged that people associated closely with the government were involved in scandals, including the multi-crore chit-fund scam and the mining scam.

A BJP government in the state will ensure that no one involved in scams goes free, he said.

Amit slammed the BJD government over malnutrition deaths of tribal children in Nagada in Jajpur district and the lives claimed by Japanese encephalitis in Malkangiri. All these showed that healthcare services and welfare schemes had collapsed in the state, he said.

Amit also referred to the incident of a tribal man, Dana Majhi, who walked over 12 km carrying the body of his wife on his shoulder from a government hospital in Kalahandi district after being denied a hearse a year ago.

Taking a dig at Naveen Patnaik, the BJP chief said celebrations on winning the best administrator award given by a news magazine alone was not going to remove backwardness. Odisha lags far behind than other states despite substantial central assistance and support.

Amit said Odisha would be no exception to the BJP’s rise across the country as both the BJD and the Congress are on a decline. The BJP wave is sweeping all over the country and the same trend will be witnessed in Odisha, he claimed
“Funds to the tune Rs 3,94,994 lakh crore, almost Rs 4 lakh crore, have been announced by the Centre for Odisha for various works. But required support from the state to implement developmental projects is lacking and people have not received due benefits,” he said.

The state received Rs 68,196 crore as its share of central taxes under the 13th Finance Commission when the UPA was in power and it had gone to Rs 1,84,070 crore under the 14th Finance Commission report implemented by the Modi government.

Asked on the Mahanadi river water dispute with Raman Singh government in Chatisgarh, Amit Shah said Odisha’s interest will not be compromised as long Narendra Modi continues as the Prime Minister of India and a tribunal will be set up soon to resolve the row between the two neighbouring states.

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