Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan released a video, claiming the alleged attacks against party workers indicate the CM is worried about an impending loss in 2019. Pradhan promised to bring a “Goonda Act” in Odisha if the BJP comes to power.
Pramodini Das (58), a local ASHA worker, said, "I lost Rs 2.5 lakh of my own savings. As the agent of Artha Tatwa company, I had to face the wrath of villagers who had deposited money with me. For weeks in 2013, every morning a group of locals would come to my house and shower threats and abuses."
Considered one of the largest coastal water lagoons in the country, Chilika Lake is spread over 1,100 sq km and touches the districts of Puri, Khordha and Ganjam. The lake attracts migratory birds from different parts of the world in winter.
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.