BJD criticises Union Minister Jayant Sinha over his ‘double-engine’ remark

Bhubaneswar: BJD spokesperson Sasmit Patra slams BJP over Union Minister Jayant Sinha’s ‘double-engine’ remark. He said that the union minister has raised questions over the federal structure of the country through his ‘double engine’ statement and it is condemnable.

Patra said, “Union Minister Jayant Sinha has not been properly informed by the local BJP leadership in Odisha or else he would not have given such statements. The BJD Government has always been cooperative for the development of Odisha but the BJP Government in Centre has neglected projects.”

“The second Brahmani Bridge, Coastal Highway, (spat Medical College and Super Speciality Hospital and improvement of National Highway conditions have not been done so far despite many promises made by the NDA-led Centre, the BJD spokesperson pointed out and further questioned: When there are no land acquisition or clearance issues on these at all, why is the SIP silent on its non-performance?

Moving on to development in the health sector, Patra said, “On Ayushman Yojana also, the BJD Government has done one better than Centre. The Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana is far better.”

It should be noted that earlier in the day Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha criticised the state government for its lack of cooperation in various developmental projects of the Centre. Sinha stressed on the need for a ‘double engine’ government to speed up development process.