“Lies are told by the opposition,” claims Naveen Patnaik

During his visit to the districts of Sambalpur, Angul, and Dhenkanal on Friday, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik urged voters to cast their ballots in favor of BJD candidates running in those regions.

The chief minister of Sambalpur encouraged the public to vote for “Jodi Sankha,” reinforcing his support for BJD organisational secretary and MP candidate Pranab Prakash Das, as well as MLA candidates Rohit Pujari and Sudarshan Haripal from Sambalpur and Rengali.

Speaking to a group at the city’s PHED colony, Naveen outlined several government welfare programs, including the Madhu Babu pension scheme, LAccMI bus service, 5T school transformation, Kalia, Mamata, and Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY). He also asked those in attendance for their opinions.

Leader of the BJD VK Pandian and a senior adviser to the chief minister was with him. While speaking to the group, Pandian presented a series of questions for Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, which he used as an opportunity to criticize the latter.

“I have a few questions for the Union minister who is running from here. The language of Sambalpuri/Koshali is what makes this region unique. What have you done for Sambalpuri Asmita in the previous ten years as a Union minister, despite the fact that our Chief Minister has at least five times submitted letters to incorporate the language in the 8th schedule of the Constitution? Pandian enquired.

Naveen waving during the Friday event in Sambalpur

Pandian accused Pradhan of trying to thwart the SAMALEI Project, claiming that the Union minister had even filed a case with the Supreme Court on the matter.

Later, the chief minister Prasanna Acharya, their candidate, was the focus of a campaign stop in Rairakhol by the CM.

Naveen spoke at two electoral gatherings in Angul and Dhenkanal, accusing the opposition of lying and crying fake tears. “There won’t be an electricity bill starting in July,” he said to the assembly.

At the meetings, Abinash Samal, a contender for the Lok Sabha from Dhenkanal, spoke among others.

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