Bhubaneswar: The BJD on Sunday alleged that the BJP has once again embarked on a move of making false promises to the people of the State ahead of elections.
“The BJP has not fulfilled any of its promises made for Odisha before the 2014 elections. Its ‘Pratishruti Samabesh’ (convention of promises) on Saturday was just another move to hoodwink people. It was in fact a ‘Pratarana Samabesh’ (convention of betrayal),” said Biju Krushak Janata Dal secretary general Pratap Jena and BJD State secretary Sanjay Kumar Dasburma.
The BJP and its leadership have been dwelling on different issues like unemployment and basic amenities like housing, land and potable water to draw political mileage. But these promises are only jumla and would not be helpful for them to earn the goodwill of the people of the State as they have always failed in fulfilling their promises, they said.
Dasburma and Jena took several examples to substantiate their allegations. They said the saffron party had in its election manifesto in 2014 had promised to provide special category status (SCS) to Odisha, but is yet to fulfill it.
The BJP had promised to create two crore jobs at different sectors of the country every year. If it had been done so, 36 lakh youths from Odisha would have got jobs.
It has promised to deposit Rs 15 lakh on every citizen’s account, but nothing has happened. The BJP failed in keeping its promise of providing minimum support price one-and-a-half times of production cost of paddy to farmers.
BJP has constantly sidelined and neglected Odisha and its people on Mahanadi and Polavaram issues. Its central leadership has never admonished Chhattisgarh, which constructed several dams upstream Mahanandi, checking flow of water during non-monsoon period.
The Narendra Modi Government funds for eight projects and cut assistances for 33 schemes. The BJP had promised that Odisha would get Rs 70,000 crore from Coal block, but till date, the State has received only Rs 370 crore.
“The election manifesto of the BJP has been proved to be a document of lies,” the BJD leaders said.
Minister Jena also highlighted about KALIA, supply of drinking ater, digging of bore-wells, road connectivity, skill development training etc. Despite negligence by the Centre, the State Government has provided 20 lakh houses to poor people during the last five years. Homestead lands have been provided to 1.2 lakh beneficiaries under the Vasundhara scheme. The slum dwellers are being provided land right certificates under the Jaga Mission and 30,000 slum dwellers would get benifit. This apart four lakh land deeds have been provided to forest dwellers under the Forest Rights Act.
Among others, BJD State secretary Bijay Nayak, BJD Spokesperson Sasmit Patra and BYJD State president Rana Pratap Patra were present.