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"A BJP wave is blowing across the country and it will come to Odisha very soon," the BJP chief said while pointing out that the party formed a government in Manipur in 2017 while it did not win a single seat in the last assembly elections in the north-eastern state.
Criticising Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for celebrating an award given by a news magazine to him, Shah said an award cannot take the state forward when the government was involved in corruption.
He accused the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) government in Odisha of not cooperating and thus grounding several projects even though the Centre had allocated over Rs 4 lakh crore.
"Works of around Rs 4 lakh crore have been declared by the Centre for Odisha. But, we are not getting the state's required support to take up the developmental projects. In comparison to other states, Odisha is far behind despite central support," Shah said.
He said the people associated closely with the government were involved in multi-crore chit fund and mining scams.
On the Mahanadi water dispute between Odisha and Chhattisgarh, he said the process was on to constitute a tribunal to resolve the issue and assured that the Centre would not allow Odisha to be deprived of the river water.
"The Modi government has made several provisions for the uplift of poor Dalits and backward classes. Free cooking gas connections and bank accounts for all are some of the reformative steps taken by the Narendra Modi government, which the previous government never thought of. Development was halted during the Congress rule," the BJP president added.