Berhampur, April 3 (LocalWire): Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday kicked off his election campaign from his home turf Ganjam district, with a 60 km-long road show in a specially-designed high-tech bus.
He travelled to Berhampur, Chhatrapur, Ganjam and Rambha towns under Chhatrapur Assembly segments, which will go to poll during the first phase of election on 11 April.
Patnaik attacked the Opposition calling them opportunists who only came at the time of election seeking votes. ‘They were not seen at the time of natural disasters like Phailin, Hudhud and Titli or even at the time of drought.
But they came to you at the time of election only for vote,’ BJD supremo said while addressing a rally at Kanishi under Gopalpur Assembly segment, near here.
‘The leaders of the party only shed crocodile tears,’ he said without naming any political parties while he was with the 4.50-crore people of the state, whom he referred to as his family members, at all times.
Referring to the centre’s neglect to the state, the CM raised the issues of proposed railway wagon factory at Sitalapalli, non-cooperation during natural calamities, unreleased monthly scholarships to the SC/ST students for the last two years, non-payment of crop insurance to farmers and not keeping the promise of two crore jobs per year to unemployed youths while the BJD had implemented several schemes for all sections of the people.
‘At the time of elections, the leaders of particular parties give false assurances for votes,’ he said.
He accused the Centre of blocking the release of benefits under KALIA, his pet scheme for farmers.
‘40 lakh farmers had benefitted while another 20 lakh farmers were waiting to get benefits from the scheme but it was blocked by a particular party,’ Patnaik said. He urged the farmers to punish the party that blocked their benefits.
The CM also assured the farmers that they would get their dues. ‘Not a single eligible beneficiary will be deprived from the benefits under KALIA,’ he added.