Naveen lures the poor with a ‘pucca’ promise


Bhubaneswar: Odisha chief minister and BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik on Saturdayannounced to convert all ‘kutcha’ houses in the state to ‘pucca’ houses and to transform all village roads into concrete roads if his party is voted back into power.

Releasing the BJD poll manifesto in the state party office, here Patnaik also grabbed the opportunity to remind the voters that his party in last 14 years has taken several praiseworthy initiatives including reducing poverty and turning the state from a revenue deficit to a  revenue surplus state.

Trying to impress the western Odisha voters, where the BJD faced stiff competition in several pockets from the Congress and BJP in 2009, Patnaik announced that his party would pressurize the Centre to include ‘Koshali’ in the eighth schedule of the Constitution, if it retains power.

He also assured to carry on the various development initiatives, which are underway during the BJD regime including scholarships, loans and financial assistance to the various sections of the society, especially the poor, downtrodden, needy students, children, women, unemployed and the aged.