New Delhi, Feb 10:
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday dismissed as ‘totally baseless and false’ the allegation made by Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi that the BJD government in Odisha had siphoned off funds meant for the people of the state.
Addressing a public meeting at Bhatapada near Salepur on Sunday, Gandhi had targeted Patnaik, accusing the BJD government of corruption, misuse of central funds and siding with the mining mafia in the mineral-rich state.
He had claimed that while the UPA government at the Centre had given more money to the state for the development of the people than any previous government, the money never reached the people it was meant for.
“There has been massive loot of iron ore and manganese from the state. A handful of people have been benefited from the mining loot while people are suffering here,” the Congress No 2 had said.
“The Congress party is sinking all over India, including in Odisha,” Patnaik said in his counter punch today.
Asked about BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s visit to the state tomorrow, the Odisha Chief Minister said, “I do not think it will have much impact.”
Patnaik was in the capital to receive the Krishi Karman Award from President Pranab Mukherjee for the state’s excellent performance in food grain production.