Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Apr 14:
West Bengal Water Resources minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Soumen Mahapatra today said the BJD government in Odisha is ‘neck deep’ in corruption.
“Despite its claim of being clean, the 14-year rule of the BJD has become a dark chapter in Odisha’s political history as mine mafias are controlling the political leaders,” he alleged.
Accusing the BJD government of being impervious to the interests of farmers in the state, the TMC leader said barely 8% land has been irrigated while not a single cold storage had come in the 14-year rule of the BJD.
Charging the BJD with making false promises to the people, Mohapatra said having promised in the last elections to provide jobs to 15 lakh youths, it had failed to give employment to even 15, 000.
Acute unemployment had forced thousands of people to move out of Odisha in search of jobs, he said.
Dubbing the BJD’s claims about development as ‘hollow’, Mahapatra sought to know why Odisha continued to be the poorest state in the country.
The TMC leader did not spare the Congress either. “The BJD indulged in rampant corruption because the Congress failed to do its duty as the main opposition party,” he said.