Bhubaneswar: Countering BJP National President Amit Shah’s allegations, BJD leaders today launched an attack calling a press meet at the party headquarters here today.
Clarifying the BJP leader’s remark that the ruling party in Odisha is being driven by dynasty politics, BJD said, Biju Patnaik had never entered his family members into politics.
However, after his death, Naveen Patnaik, who was far away from politics, entered politics because people wanted him to serve the state and put their faith in him which he has been able to retain for 18 long years through good governance.
“He is only Naveen Patnaik who never speaks against anyone and does his job quietly. Shah’s statement against a person of such stature is condemnable,” said BJD’s spokesperson Arun Sahoo.
“BJP must come out with an answer that why the Central government went on to bestow awards on the BJD government for its contribution towards sports, rural schemes and others if Odisha govt is not performing,” asked BJD’s Rajya Sabha member Pratap Keshari Deb.
It’s the responsibility of the Central governments to provide funds to States. The BJP is not the only government in Centre who is providing funds, other governments were providing before too. Rather the Modi government should present details of Odisha’s pay to the Centre and the assistance provided by the Centre to the state, the BJD leaders claimed.