Bhubaneswar, April 1 (LocalWire): Day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s assertion that BJP will pull off a Tripura-like victory in Odisha, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday hit back, saying the ruling BJD will script history by winning the state elections for the fifth consecutive time.
“Like I said before, we’ll win the elections with a thumping victory,” Patnaik said.
Addressing the programme “Main Bhi Chowkidar” via video-conferencing on Sunday, Modi had said, “Odisha will be second Tripura, where BJP had unseated a 25-year rule of the Left Front.”
He accused BJD of being “insensitive” to the plight of the poor and asked people to vote for BJP to ensure speedy development in the state.
“Both Congress and BJD have betrayed the people of Odisha. Now it’s the time to punish them,” Modi said.
He also accused the Patnaik government of being “uncooperative” with the centre, and said as a result, the poor were deprived of benefits of several welfare schemes like Ayushman Bharat and PM-KISSAN.