Asking the electorate to vote out the BJD government led by Naveen Patnaik, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi today said despite maximum fund allocation by the UPA government to the state, money could not reach the people.
“The UPA government has plans to set up a manufacturing corridor through which lakhs of people can be provided jobs,” he said, accusing the BJD government of rendering thousands jobless.
“This is the time for change, give rest to the present government in Odisha and bring back Congress to power to witness real development,” Gandhi said at a public meeting at Nabakrushna Choudhury Stadium here.
He said though Odisha is rich in resoures in terms of minerals, the Raghuram Rajan Committee report puts the state at bottom of the list of backward places. “We want people’s money should go back to the pockets of the people and not to the select industrial houses,” he said.
“Now-a-days, one can find ‘Made in China’ in most of the products. Don’t you want to see products having stickers like ‘Made in Odisha’ and ‘Made in India’,” he asked.
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Gandhi, who undertook his second visit to Odisha in a fortnight, claimed that though the UPA government had allocated maximum funds to the state government, development could not reach the poor and needy people.
“The Odisha government wanted to favour only three/four industries to reap benefits from state’s wealth while Congress worked for the betterment of all,” Gandhi said.