Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Pallahada, Apr 12:
Odisha Chief Minister and Biju Janata Dal (BJD) president Naveen Patnaik today lashed out at both the Congress and the BJP saying both of them should learn how to alleviate poverty from Odisha.
“They are making tall claims about the development in Gujarat. But there is nobody in the state to listen to the cries of the poor in the state. They should come to Odisha and learn how to eradicate poverty,” Patnaik said during the course of an election meeting here today.
The BJD boss said his government had ameliorated the lot of the poor with a variety of welfare schemes, including the Rs 1 a kg rice scheme and the Mamata Yojana.
Turning his attention to the Congress, the Chief Minister said it had been grossly apathetic towards Odisha and has denied the state its legitimate rights in case of special category status to the state and mineral royalty.