Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Balasore, Jun 1:
With less than 24 hours to go before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s much publicized Odisha tour, senior BJP leader and Union PNG Minister Dharmendra Pradhan today ruled out an all out attack against Odisha Government.
“The Prime Minister is visiting Odisha to share the report card of his two-year-old government with the people of the state. I do not see a need to criticize the State Government on this occasion. So far as this incompetent government is concerned, people will criticize them at the right time and right place,” said Pradhan speaking to reporters in Balasore.
Odisha’s lone BJP MP in Lok Sabha and Union Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram, however, chose to take on Naveen led Odisha Government.
“Odisha Government has been criticizing the Center and crying ‘central negligence’ to cover up its own flaws. People have understood this rhetoric and it doesn’t have any effect in the state,” said Oram.
BJD MLA Anant Das, on the other hand, said that Modi’s Odisha tour will turn out to be futile.
“Right now there is no leader who can challenge the popularity of Naveen Patnaik. The people of the state know what Naveen Patnaik and BJD as a party has done for the state. No matter how hard they (BJP) try, there would be no change here,” opined Das.
Earlier in the day, union ministers Pradhan and Oram visited Balasore along with top BJP leaders: Manmohan Samal, Basant Panda, Arun Singh, Pratap Sarangi among others to review the preparations for the meeting. Both Pradhan and Oram inaugurated an exhibition named ‘Mo Desa Badaluchhi – Agaku Badhuchhi’ highlighting Modi Government’s achievements and later held meetings with party workers at the circuit house.
Whopping five lakh audience are expected to attend the event. The party has selected the 25-acre large AIIMS-Balasore ground for the meeting. Sitting arrangements have been made for 30,000 guests.
Security arrangements have been tightened for the Prime Minister’s tour. Odisha Government has deployed 60 platoons of cops, 10 IPS officers including six SP rank officers, 150 Inspector rank officers to maintain law and order during the tour, said ADG Law and Order Satyajit Mohanty.