Hits out at the BJD Government in Odisha, BJP National Chief Amit Shah said that the state is rich in natural resources but its people continue to remain poor under the leadership of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

While addressing an election rally in Keonjhar, Mr. Shah claims that the BJD rule in Odisha was marked by corruption and misrule. Taking a jibe at Odisha Chief Minister, he said that “even after 19 years of rule in Odisha, Naveen (Patnaik) babu cannot talk to his people in Odia.”

Mr. Shah has asserted that people across the nation are raising slogans in favor of BJP, adding that “From Kashmir to Kanyakumari, from Odisha to Gujarat, people are raising slogans in favor of Narendra Modi. We can hear Modi… Modi… chants everywhere.”

Slamming the grand old party, the BJP National Chief said that “Rahul Baba’s party ruled the country for 70 years, but could not eradicate poverty.”

He also insisted that “the BJP-led government, on the other hand, launched an era of development in the country, marked by speedy and concrete steps to eradicate poverty.”

Shares his plans for the tribal-dominated district, Mr. Shah informed that a steel plant will be developed in the state, if BJP comes to power at the Centre.

“Under District Mineral Fund, Rs. 1600 crore has been allocated to this district. If the BJP is voted to power again, all forest produces will be procured from the tribals at Minimum Support Price (MSP) and no GST will be levied on tendu leaves,” added Mr. Shah.

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