Bhubaneswar: “The huge gathering braving soaring temperature indicates that the BJP will form the next government in Odisha,” BJP national president Amit Shah stressed on Wednesday while addressing a party meeting in western district of Odisha, Kalahandi.
However, he did not reiterate his “120+ Mission Odisha” in his address to leaders and party workers in the state.
The saffron leader lashed out Naveen Patnaik government in the state for failing to create employment in the state.
“Despite Centre’s allocation of Rs 45,000 crores to Odisha, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is unable to ensure development and the state lags behind in health, education and all other socio-economic sectors,” said Shah.
As many as 12,442 villages are not connected through roads in Odisha, he added.
He promised electricity connection to every house in the state by 2021 and concrete houses to people by 2022.
Clarifying about SC/ST reservation system the BJP leader said his party supports reservation system for the development of socially and educationally backward people and there is no intension of withdrawing or opposing it.
“Odisha has everything but not good governance; people want change in government for development of the state,” Shah stressed.
During his two-day visit, Shah will meet party office-bearers and discuss strategy for the 2019 general elections, sources said. He is scheduled to address another public meeting at Balangir tomorrow.
Union ministers Dharmendra Pradhan and Jual Oram, State BJP chief Basant Panda, Party’s state in-charge Arun Singh and several senior leaders of the party were present on the occasion.