310 seats were won by the NDA in the five phases of the Lok Sabha elections: Amit Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah asked the people of Odisha on Tuesday to liberate the state from “babu-raj” and enable the BJP to establish government both at the federal level and in the state, claiming that the NDA had already secured 310 seats after the conclusion of the five phases of the Lok Sabha elections.

Speaking at two election rallies in Sambalpur, the home state of Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Shah said that the party’s emblem, the lotus, would blossom in Odisha this time.

Following the completion of the fifth round of voting, the NDA has secured 310 seats. By the time the sixth and seventh polling rounds are over, we will have over 400 seats,” Shah said.

Shah said that this election would put a stop to the “babu raj” that has been in place in Odisha, a state that has been governed by a “handful of officers.”

Despite the fact that the majority of the nation’s mining and mineral deposits are situated in the Keonjhar area, he said that the tribal people living there get no benefits.

The Union Home Minister said that Modi has made sure there is no terrorism in the nation, saying that Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) was and would stay part of India. India would accept the PoK.

He attacked the Congress and its leaders, saying they were afraid Pakistan might get hold of an atomic weapon. Shah said, “Modi has responded appropriately to Pakistan’s terrorist actions and he does not fear such a threat of nuclear bomb.”

Shah criticized the previous Congress administration harshly, saying, “Congress has done nothing for tribals.” While serving as prime minister, Narendra Modi has tried to eradicate naxalism in Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana. Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee established a special ministry for tribal affairs.

According to Shah, PM Modi established the district mineral foundation (DMF) and provided billions of rupees for the development of the tribal area.

“During the Modi government, the budgetary allocation for tribal affairs was increased to Rs 1.25 lakh crore from Rs 25,000 crore given during the previous UPA regime,” Shah said. The BJP government also established 740 Ekalabya Schools, where one lakh kids are now enrolled. He said that these institutions had appointed roughly 40,000 instructors. According to Shah, kendu leaf pluckers will get a bonus and a fair price for their small-scale forest production.

Additionally, he announced the establishment of two 500-bed hospitals and a medical college in Sambalpur and Keonjhar, respectively. He claimed that Kendu leaf workers will get provisions from the Provident Fund (PF).

Shah also said that the pride, language, culture, and traditions of Odisha had been insulted by the BJD administration. He informed the crowd, “If BJP is voted to power in the state, they will appoint a young, energetic, hardworking, and dynamic Odia ‘Bhumiputra’ (son of the soil) as chief minister.” In a year and a half, he said, the incoming BJP administration will provide employment to two lakh people. Shah declared: “Babu shahi, or officers’ rule, is being imposed on Odisha by Navin Babu, undermining the pride and dignity of the Odia people.” He is stifling the state’s pride and culture.

In order to guarantee quick growth and the preservation of their rich culture, Shah pleaded with the populace to choose a BJP administration for the state. “If people vote for BJP, a Bhumiputra will rule the land of ‘Utkala Bhumi’ and not a Tamil babu,” he said. The four gates of the Jagannath temple have not yet been opened to the public, according to Shah, who said that the BJD administration aims to turn the shrine into a commercial hub and that Puri’s mutts and temples have been “destroyed.” Shah said that “even a plot was hatched to stop the world-famous Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath.” Additionally, he said that Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is doing all in his power to “loot mineral resources” from the government.

Despite having abundant natural resources, he claimed, Odisha lacks a chief minister who could safeguard the state’s assets. “Western Odisha has also been ignored by the BJD administration. The home minister said, “BJP is committed to equal development of all parts of the state.”

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