BJP’s prime ministerial candidate and Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi today lambasted both the Naveen Patnaik government in Odisha and the Congress led UPA government at the Centre and hoped people will bid them farewell through the general election 2014.
Addressing an election rally at the Permit ground in Baleswar today, Modi said the Congress, which is neck-deep in corruption, would fail to open its account in the state in the Lok Sabha polls.
Modi taunted Naveen for being unable to learn Odia despite ruling the state for 15 years. He also criticized the Odisha chief minister for remaining inaccessible to the common man and for being unable to communicate with them in their mother tongue.
He also said the state government would lose this election.”Does your chief minister meet you and talk to you? I have seen the winds of change here and I can tell you this government is not going to last. Odisha is blessed, but the leaders here could not manage what God has given,” he said.
“Odisha has immense natural resources but the government has failed to put it to good use. They have only done black magic and stolen coal and employment,” Modi said .
He also accused the Congress of talking of poverty only during the election season.”Once the election time comes, the Congress remembers to talk about poverty… I am talking from experience and their track record,” he said.
He urged the electorate to vote for the lotus (Bharatiya Janata Party’s symbol).
“You have given Congress 60 years. Just give me sixty months and you will see change,” he said.
The Gujurat chief minister said he felt overwhelmed by the huge percentage of polling in the state in the first phase elections. He congratulated the people for turning out in such large numbers to vote and said this was a clear indication of people wanting a change of government both at the Centre as well as in the state and hoped that it was in favour of the BJP.