Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Puri, Mar 27:
Odisha Unit of BJP today held its State Executive body meeting in Puri to work out a strategy for the upcoming panchayat polls. The party also discussed key issues to be raised in the ongoing Assembly session and an overall roadmap for next three months, said BJP General Secretary Bhrugu Baxipatra.
“The party decided to raise important issues including the ration card corruption, politician-criminal nexus, power cut situation, water crisis, and jaundice issue among others in the Assembly. Besides, it was also decided to create awareness about various welfare programs of the Central Government among the public,” said Baxipatra speaking to reporters after the meeting.
Addressing the gathering, Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan launched a scathing attack on the State Government.
“The days of central negligence are over. Central Government’s share in the State Government’s budget is 48 percent this year. We have offered Rs 4600 crore in Rail Budget out of the Rs 5000 crore demanded. It never exceeded Rs 1000 crore during UPA tenure. They are not able to implement schemes correctly on the ground. The loan burden of the state continues to rise because of the inefficiency of the State Government. They need to base their debates on facts rather than fiction,” said Pradhan.
Putting an end to all speculations about dissent in the party, the meeting was attended by all top leaders including Jual Oram, Dharmendra Pradhan, Biswa Bhusan Harichandan, former Chief Minister Giridhar Gamang, former President KV Singh Deo, Rourkela MLA Dillip Ray, Bijoy Mohapatra and party in-charge for Odisha Arun Singh.
Notably, this is the first State Executive body meeting after Basant Panda took over as president. The party yesterday held an office bearers’ meeting here in Puri to discuss priority development programmes of the Central Government for Odisha.