BJP National President Shri Amit Shah addresses public meeting in Keonjhar, Odisha
April 12, 2019 • Daily Canon Times
BJP National President Shri Amit Shah addresses public meeting in Keonjhar, Odisha
  • Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah has asked the people of Odisha to elect a chief minister who could speak to them in their own language and not someone who communicates through bureaucrats in English, launching a direct attack on current CM Naveen Patnaik, who cannot speak his native Odiya language.
  • “People of the state need to overthrow the current dispensation and ensure a second term for Modi Ji as PM. Naveen Babu has not been even able to learn Odia even after ruling here for 19 years. These English people will not work here. I have come to appeal to elect a CM who can talk to you in your language, can understand your sorrows,” Shah said.
  • The BJP President said that the time for change overthrow the Naveen Patnaik-led BJD government has come, which has turned out to be even worse than the corrupt Congress regime that ruled earlier in Odisha. 
  • Shah said that in the Naveen Babu government bureaucrats are running the show in Odisha, and only a leadership who has its ears to the ground can understand the needs and aspirations of the people. He said that bureaucrats have become kings and are the ones who are actually ruling the state because the chief minister cannot speak the native language and doesn’t want to connect with the local people.
  • He promised that if the BJP was voted to power,  a steel plant will be set up in Keonjhar , a tribal-dominated district, and lashed out at the current BJD government for not utilizing central funds that were meant for the benefit of tribals.
  • “Under District Mineral Fund, Rs 1600 crore has been allocated to this district. If the BJP is voted to power again, all forest produces will be procured from the tribals at Minimum Support Price and no GST will be levied on tendu leaves,” he said.
  • The UPA government gave the state only Rs 80000 crore while in the 14th Finance Commission, the BJP government increased it nearly seven-fold to Rs 5,50,000 crore for the state’s development. “But this was eaten up by the BJD corrupt administration,” he said. 
  • “In the last five years Modi govt. gave so much money for Odisha but instead of reaching the poor, women and downtrodden Naveen Babu’s bureaucracy ate it up. There is no drinking water, no teachers in schools, no employment for the youth,” he lamented.
  • Hailing the youth of Odisha who work outside the state he said they have played a big role in development of other states. “A BJP govt. will build an Odisha where the youth can stay in the state itself along with their families by finding employment in their own districts, he said.
  • Expressing confidence of Modi Ji coming back to power Shri Amit Shah said that wherever he goes he finds that people seem to have made up their minds to vote for BJP. “I have come here after travelling all over the country. From Kashmir to Kanyakumari and from Odisha to Gujarat, I hear the chant of Modi Modi. People have already decided that the next PM will be Modi Ji.” 
  • Slamming the opposition Congress, Shah said that Rahul Baba's party ruled the country for 70 years but could not eradicate poverty. ”They only kept on giving slogans but didn’t eradicate poverty. The poor kept on becoming poorer.”
  • Shah said the immediate response against Pakistan based terrorists has earned new respect for India and its people. “After Uri and Pulwama attacks Indian forces went deep inside Pakistan and killed terrorists and destroyed their bases. And Rahul Gandhi and Opposition are saying that we should have talked first with the terrorists.”
  • Praising the Modi government for its universal health scheme he said that the Ayushman Bharat scheme has raised the level of health services for 50 crore of the Indian population and given them access to free health facilities including hospitalization.
  • Shah exhorted the gathering to help the BJP win the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and bring Modi Ji back to power. “Only BJP can do development of Odisha, the country and its people. After a long time we have got such a dedicated person as PM, who works long hours each day for the development of the nation. Please elect BJP from most LS seats and bring back Modi govt. once again,” he said.