Congress Manifesto Ridiculous, Doles For Odisha To Cost Rs 2 Lakh Cr Annually: BJD

**Bhubaneswar:** The Biju Janata Dal today lambasted the Congress for promising burdensome doles in its Odisha manifesto which was released today. The regional party leaders claimed that the State exchequer would be burdened with an additional Rs 2.80 lakh crore if the doles promised in Congress manifesto are implemented.

“The Congress manifesto is ridiculous. If we add all the incentives promised by Congress the State exchequer would cough up more than Rs 2 lakh crore,” he said.

Patra added, since the State’s budget is Rs 1.30 lakh crore, a string of welfare schemes for the poor would be curtailed or stopped completely if the allowances promised by Congress are ever implemented.

Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana, Food Security programmes, housing schemes, infrastructure, in totality Odisha’s progress would be crippled with Congress’ promises. “It seems the Congress party wants to take Odisha back to the 1995-1999 period when the growth rate was stunted at 3 percent,” he added.

Earlier in the day, Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee president Niranjan Patnaik released the 32-page document (manifesto) titled “Your Voice Your Choice” which promised to give Rs 72,000 each to five crore poor families under the ‘Nyay’ scheme.

Promising employment for all, the manifesto said one person in every family will have a job, either in the public or private sector, while the jobless will be entitled to an unemployment allowance of Rs 3,000 per month.