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BJD will play a key role in govt formation at Centre: Patnaik

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

president and Thursday appealed to the people of the state to strengthen the regional party as he claimed that the BJD will play a major role in government formation at the Centre after the Lok Sabha election.

"No national party will get majority to form government at the Centre after elections. Therefore, your BJD will have a major role in government formation at the Centre," said while addressing three back-to-back election meetings in Kandhamal, Boudh and Sonepur districts.

said "BJP central leaders did not visit during calamities but now during the election time, they are shedding crocodile tears for the state."

The BJD supremo lambasted the BJP-led NDA government accusing it of "apathy" towards

The said had informed the BJP led about the government blocking Mahanadi water and requested its early intervention. "However, no action was taken by the Centre. The government was forced to take shelter of the court in order to protect interest of the people," he said.

Patnaik also held the BJP government "responsible" for delay in the completion of Khurda-Balangir railway line. "Though the has provided land to the Railways free of cost, the work is still moving on at a snails pace," he said.

He also criticised the Centre for not increasing MSP of paddy and "stopping" post-matric scholarship for the Scheduled Caste students of Odisha.

Patnaik accused the BJP of deliberately stopping the disbursal of money to the account of farmers under the Kalia scheme on the pretext of the model code of conduct.

"No one can stop Kalia scheme as long as I am alive. I will serve the people of Odisha till my last breath," Patnaik said while appealing to people to vote for the BJD.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, April 11 2019. 20:35 IST