For 19 years and 4 terms, Naveen Patnaik has defied all predictions to keep Odisha in BJD's hold. As Modi-led BJP tries to change that in a state crucial to its 2019 plans, the BJD chief is banking on reinvention, party network and personal appeal.
Addressing a rally in Odisha’s mineral-rich belt of Keonjhar district, Amit Shah cited the M B Shah Commission of Enquiry on illegal iron and manganese ore mining in Odisha, and said, "Naveen Babu does not crack down on bureaucrats looting mineral wealth."
Listing achievements of the Centre in Odisha, Shah cited the country's first ethanol plant in Bargarh, airport in Jharsuguda, multi-model logistic park, four- and six-lane highways. Modi government has also given Rs 5,56,000 crore in funds.
Interest-free crop loans to all sharecroppers, small and marginal farmers, 1.5 times the input cost as the MSP for all eligible crops as well as clearance of dues owed to the sugarcane farmers by in the first 150 days of coming to power are also listed in the party's manifesto.