Shah targets Naveen, says how can someone who can’t protect hopes of Hindus, can save Odisha’s interest

Bhubaneswar: Coming down heavily on Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and his Government over missing keys of Puri Jagannath Temple’s treasury also known as Ratna Bhandar, BJP national president Amit Shah on Sunday questioned how can someone who can’t protect the hopes of Hindus, can save the interest of Odisha.

He also attacked Patnaik, who happens to be the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) president for his failure in providing electricity, drinking water facility to the people.

Shah too alleged that the State Government here was not implementing the Central schemes properly and hence, has no right to remain in power.

“The issue of keys of Ratna Bhandar having gone missing is a very sensitive one. If the State Government here cannot safeguard hopes of Hindus, how can someone who can’t protect the hopes of Hindus, can save the interest of Odisha,” questioned Shah. He was addressing the Shakti Kendra in-charges and co-in-charges after holding a series of closed-door meetings with party officer bearers at the State party office.

Shah visited the State today on one-day visit, making his eighth Odisha tour in past four years after the Narendra Modi government took over at the Centre to review the works assigned to the State for Mission 120+.

Mission 120+ is an initiative announced by Shah to win at least 120 of the 147 Assembly seats in the State. In the current 15th Assembly, BJP has only 10 members, Congress 15 and BJD 118. The rest two belong to other parties.

Chasing his party’s ambition to dislodge the BJD Government in Odisha in 2019, when Naveen Patnaik will seek fifth term in a row, Shah said “As many as 35 per cent population of the State is yet to get electricity. A mere two per cent population has availed the drinking water facility in Odisha.”

“Hence, the Government here has no right to remain in power,” said Shah.

During the day-long programme Shah took stock of party’s organisational works and held series of closed door meetings and reviewed the works assigned to the State unit for its Mission 120+.

He also reviewed the party’s preparedness in Cuttack, Puri and Bhubaneswar Lok Sabha segments and met two members drawn from each of the 1200 panchayats in the three Lok Sabha seats. Later in the afternoon he addressed a meeting with Shakti Kendra in-charges and co-in-charges.


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