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Nadda: Govt took care of economy, turned tragedy into opportunity

Launching a strong attack against the Naveen Patnaik-led BJD government in Odisha, BJP president JP Nadda today said it would not be long before the saffron party, which has emerged as the lead opposition in the state, would form the government there with an absolute majority.

“Undoubtedly, the next government in the state will be that of the BJP,” Nadda said, addressing the 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 BJP’s vote share has to increase above 50 percent,” Nadda said, asking the party cadres to take a pledge regarding this.

“India not only took the bold and timely step of imposing a lockdown to save the lives of 1.3 billion people from Covid-19 but also took care of the economy to turn the tragedy into an opportunity,” he added.

Nadda said while powerful nations were helpless in combating the pandemic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was clear in his mind as he took the decisive action of imposing the lockdown in order to save the lives of the people.

He accused the Odisha Government of indulging in “rampant corruption”. “Be large-hearted to give credit to the Centre for its welfare schemes,” he advised Patnaik, claiming 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.