Nayagarh: Biju Janata Dal (BJD) President and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday asked the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to announce who is their CM candidate in the ongoing elections in the state.
Addressing a rally at Dashpala BJD chief questions who is BJP’s CM candidate & from which constituency its CM candidate is contesting? is the saffron party afraid to announce its CM candidate? people of Odisha want to know who is the second double-engine of BJP, questions Naveen.
“They (BJP leaders) are talking about double engine. But they did not come to Odisha during natural disasters like cyclonic storm Phailin, Hudhud, Titli, drought and flood. BJP’s Delhi engine visited Andhra Pradesh after Titli, but did not visit Odisha,” Patnaik pointed out.
Speaking about KALIA scheme, Naveen said so far 40 lakh farmers have been benefited from the scheme in Odisha, but the BJP at the Centre is conspiring to the financial assistance under the scheme.
“No one can stop the KALIA scheme till I am alive. On the day one of formation of BJD government, farmers will get two installments (Rs 10,000) of KALIA funds at a single go,” the BJD supremo said.
Highlighting the Mission Shakti, Patnaik said, “This is my favourite scheme. Women are the strength of society and double engine of development. We have declared in our election manifesto to provide works worth Rs 5,000 crore to Mission Shakti workers.”