Report by Tutu Majhi, Angul/Hibhuti Patnaik, Keonjhar: BJP leader and Chhattisgarah Chief Minister Raman Singh on Monday urged the people to teach a lesson to Chief Minister and BJD President Naveen Patnaik in the ongoing elections.
Addressing a party election meeting at Khamar in the Pal lahara Assembly constituency of Angul district, Singh while highlighting the achievement of his government said that while his government has purchased paddy worth Rs 3 lakh 700 crore at the rate of Rs 1,120 per quintal and paid Rs 800 crore bonus to the farmers, the Orissa chief minister has failed to give adequate price for paddy to the farmers.
The Chhattisgarh government is providing rice at Rs 2 per kg to 37 lakh families, he added.
Singh appealed to the people to cast their votes to BJP candidate Dharmendra Pradhan in Pallahara and the party nominee Rudra Narayan Pany in the Dhenkanal Parliamentary constituency.
Among others, the meeting was addressed by Pany and Pradhan.
Later addressing meetings at Patna, Jhumpura and Telkoi in Keonjhar district, Singh said that the Congress-led UPA has turned out to be Ulta Pulta (topsy-turvy) alliance as Lalu Prasad Yadav, Ram Vilas Paswan, Mulayam Singh Yadav and Karunanidhi are fighting separately breaking the unholy alliance led by prime minister Manmohan Singh.
He also said that the aam admi has suffered a lot due to the skyrocketing prices of essential commodities.
He assured that the BJP will provide rice at Rs 1 per kg, waive interest on loans to farmers and give Rs 250 as bonus per quintal of paddy to farmers in Orissa as it has done for several lakh tribals in Chhattisgarh.
Present at the meeting, state BJP president Suresh Pujari said that the BJP has done well in the first phase of polling.
Among others, Lok Sabha and Assembly candidates Ananta Naik and Mohan Majhi, Patna Assembly candidate Gourhari Nayak and Telkoi Assembly candidate Manas Kumar Naik and other local functionaries also spoke.