BJP will form next government in Odisha, says Nadda
Launching a strong attack against the Naveen Patnaik-led BJD government in Odisha, BJP president JP Nadda said on Saturday that it would not be long before the saffron party, which has emerged as the lead opposition in the State, will form the government there with an absolute majority.
“Undoubtedly, the next government in the State will be that of the BJP,” Nadda said, addressing Odisha BJP State Executive Meeting.
The party has moved forward at a fast pace since the 2014 Lok Sabha elections when it got 21 percent of the vote share, he said.
“In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, with nearly one crore votes the BJP received 38 percent of the votes. Similarly, in the 2014 Odisha Legislative Assembly elections, the BJP got 18 percent votes and in 2019 it got 32 percent votes. The vote share of the BJP has to increase above 50 percent,” Nadda said, asking party cadres to take a pledge regarding this.
Nadda accused the state government under Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik of indulging in “rampant corruption”.
“Be large hearted to give the credit to the Centre for its welfare schemes,” he said and claimed that they had been “hijacked” by his government as its schemes. He also came down heavily on the state government for not implementing the Ayushman Bharat scheme. “Some 2.4 crore people could have benefited from the Rs 5 lakh medical coverage. I call upon CM Naveen Patnaik to allow Prime Minister Modi`s scheme to reach poor and needy”.
Nadda also stressed on PM`s “able handling” of the pandemic situation in India and economic packages to help the poor and needy during the pandemic.