Sambalpur: BJD Supremo and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today again reiterated that the regional parties will play a major role in the formation of the union government in 2019.
Addressing an election rally at Kuchinda in Sambalpur, Patnaik said, “Not a single national party will get majority at the Centre for formation of government while the regional parties will be the kingmaker.”
The Biju Janata Dal president also highlighted the achievements his government. He said, “The Centre is conspiring to stop Odisha government’s flagship KALIA scheme which has already benefitted 40 lakh farmers.” Naveen also promised the people that no one can stop the scheme till he is alive.
Comparing the Centre’s health scheme with Odisha’s Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana, Patnaik said that women are getting only Rs 5 lakh health benefits from Centre, while his government is providing double the amount Rs 10 lakh. He also assured to provide Rs 5000 crore work deed to women of Mission Shakti.
During the address, the BJD chief again criticised the BJP-led Union Government for showing apathy to Odisha during natural calamities and making frequent visits to the State during elections to beg for votes.
Patnaik asked the voters to question the Central leaders of BJP; Where were they during cyclones, floods and drought? Where is the double MSP of paddy? Why was the water flow of Mahanadi stopped, and the SC/ST scholarship discontinued for the students? And, why was Koshali Language not included in the 8th Schedule of Constitution?
Terming the 4.5 crore people of Odisha as his family and assuring to remain with them always, Naveen urged the people to bless him by casting their votes to the conch symbol.
After the election campaign in Sambalpur, Patnaik addressing election rallies at Cuttack and Khurda and conducted a mega roadshow from Astaranga to Bhubaneswar.
Notably, the Lok Sabha constituencies of Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Sambalpur, Keonjhar, Dhenkanal and Puri will go to polls in the third phase polls in Odisha scheduled to be held on April 23 (Tuesday).