Who is BJP’s CM candidate in Odisha, asks Naveen Patnaik

Nayagarh: Biju Janata Dal (BJD) President and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday asked the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to announce who is their CM candidate in the ongoing elections in the state.

Addressing public meeting in Nayagarh district’s Daspalla today Patnaik said, “The people of Odisha want to know who BJP’s chief ministerial candidate is. From which constituency the candidate is contesting the polls. Why the BJP fears to declare their CM candidate?”

“They (BJP leaders) are talking about double engine. But they did not come to Odisha during natural disasters like cyclonic storm Phailin, Hudhud, Titli, drought and flood. BJP’s Delhi engine visited Andhra Pradesh after Titli, but did not visit Odisha,” he added.

Speaking about KALIA scheme, Naveen said so far 40 lakh farmers have been benefited from the scheme in Odisha, but the BJP at the Centre is conspiring to the financial assistance under the scheme.

“No one can stop the KALIA scheme till I am alive. On the day one of formation of BJD government, farmers will get two instalments (Rs 10,000) of KALIA funds at a single go,” the BJD supremo said.

Highlighting the Mission Shakti, Patnaik said, “This is my favourite scheme. Women are the strength of society and double engine of development. We have declared in our election manifesto to provide works worth Rs 5,000 crore to Mission Shakti workers.”

“I am always with you. Your Chief Minister is always with you. You are my family and I will serve you till my last breath,” Naveen repeated.

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