Sundargarh: In the run-up to the general elections and prior to the Phase-II polling on April 18 since tribal-dominated Sundargarh parliamentary constituency as well as all its seven Assembly segments will go to poll on that day, BJD supremo and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today made a whirlwind election campaign here.
Initiating his campaign trail from Hemgiri under Sundargarh Sadar Assembly seat, the regional satrap in his electoral speech said, “Sundargarh is the birthplace of hockey and has enhanced the glory of India in the whole world. We had organized Hockey World Cup in Odisha.”
“40 lakh farmers have already benefitted from KALIA scheme. But, the BJP Government at the Centre has conspired to stop this Yojana. Till I am here, no one can stop KALIA Yojana. On the very first day of the new BJD Government formed, the farmers will get their pending two installments of Rs 10,000,” he averred.
Taking a dig at the Central leaders, especially the BJP, Naveen ridiculed, “The tall leaders of the Centre think about Odisha only during election. Ask them where is the second Brahmani Bridge? Where is the super specialty hospital at Rourkela?”
“While the Centre is gaining thousands of crores from coal, Sundargarh is getting pollution and dust in return. It had been assured that the revision of coal royalty would be done in five minutes, but nothing materialized even after five years elapsed,” the BJD chief-cum-Odisha Chief Minister lampooned.
He commented, “Sundargarh’s MP is a Union Cabinet Minister and knows all these problems but unable do anything before his Central high command while the people of Odisha are our high command.”
Naveen further stated, “The women are the real double engine of development. BJD has thus granted the right to the women and the daughter of the soil Sunita Biswal has been made our party candidate to fight for Sundargarh’s right at Delhi.”
Reiterating that 4.5 crore people of Odisha are his family and he’ll keep on serving you till his last breath, Naveen Patnaik appealed, “Bless me by casting your vote for conch symbol, once for the MLA and another for the MP.”
Soon after this public meeting, the Odisha Chief Minister flew to Tileikani under Talsara Assembly constituency, Jampali under Rajgangpur Assembly constituency, Bonai Assembly constituency and Raibaga under Birmitrapur Assembly constituency to address the public as well as canvass for votes in favour of BJD.
He also held road show at Rourkela and Raghunathpali (both Assembly seats) before winding up his campaign for the day in Sundargarh Lok Sabha seat.
(This story was originally posted on April 10, 2019)