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BJD will play role in govt formation at Centre: Naveen Patnaik

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Naveen Patnaik described the Congress and BJP as two sides of the same coin. (PTI) Naveen Patnaik described the Congress and BJP as two sides of the same coin. (PTI)

Claiming that the BJD would play a significant role in government formation at the Centre after the Lok Sabha elections, BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik on Friday described the Congress and BJP as two sides of the same coin.

“The BJD will play an important role in government formation at the Centre after the general elections. People should send 21 BJD MPs to Parliament who will fight for the interest of Odisha. If more BJD MPs go to the Lok Sabha, they can properly raise the state’s issues,” Patnaik told an election meeting here in Bolangir district.

“Congress and BJP are two sides of the same coin. They shed crocodile tears when they seek votes,” he said.

Apparently referring to BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi who recently visited the state, he said “They will come, shed crocodile tears for the people and flee away.”

“But, I am here to serve the people. I will work for the development of the state and its people till my last breath,” Patnaik said adding where Congress and BJP national leaders were when cyclone Phailin hit the state.

He also claimed that while Congress would be swept out in the general elections, the BJP would fail to form the government at the Centre as its leaders do not understand the language of ‘seva’.

Alleging that Odisha had been a victim of negligence by successive central governments, he said “The Congress led UPA government is attempting to stop the special plan for KBK region. They even stopped it for some time. Therefore, the BJD government introduced Biju KBK Yojana for development of the area.”

His government, he said, had provided free land for the proposed Khurda-Bolangir railway line and sanctioned Rs 100 crore for its construction.

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