Barpali: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in a programme ‘Juhaar Bijepur’ at the Barpali high school ground thanked the people of the entire constituency for extending their wholehearted support to the BJD and reposing faith on its candidate Rita Sahu in the recently concluded by-election.
Reiterating his earlier election speech, Patnaik said, “The development of Bijepur is my responsibility now.”
“The people of Bijepur have accepted the path of progress. At the same time, they have given us an added responsibility by bringing victory for the BJD candidate at an unexpected margin,” said Patnaik in a vast public meeting at Barpali in presence of the winning candidate Sahu and all other senior leaders of the party. “All the assurances given by me during the election campaign will be carried out in letter and spirit. At the same time, I will personally review the project works and all other developmental activities in the constituency,” assured Patnaik to the people.
“The love and affection of the people of the constituency has given an extra strength to me. And in return, I will fulfill all my promises,” he assured further. He also laid foundation stone and inaugurated 21 different projects at Barpali to be undertaken in the entire constituency.
Further, the CM said there is no scope for violence in politics as well as in the democratic set up. He told this referring to the attack on the BJD supporters during the election process and death of a person, Dileswar Sahu, in a Bhubaneswar hospital during treatment.
He also paid tribute to the departed soul and expressed concern for such heinous activities in election in a peaceful State like Odisha.
Looking at the past experience, massive police arrangements were made in Barpali and police detained some BJP leaders as preventive measures.
In the first hour of his visit, Patnaik dedicated the 170 km long Biju express highway to the people of the State constructed in the first phase from Sambalpur to Rourkela via Jharsuguda and Sundargarh towns.
“With this ultra modern road, a new era of progress and prosperity will begin in Odisha connecting western parts to that of the southern end with a total length of 650 km,” he said.