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Odisha: At a rally in Rourkela, Amit Shah calls the BJD administration “Jhola Sarkar.”

Amit Shah, the union home minister, called the BJD administration headed by Naveen Patnaik the “Jhola Sarkar” after it again attacked the party harshly over problems pertaining to the Public Distribution System (PDS) rice program.

 

Shah called on supporters of the BJP to vote for Sundargarh Lok Sabha candidate Jual Oram as well as the party’s Assembly candidates for Rourkela, RN Pali, and Birmitrapur at a sizable election rally in Rourkela. Shah expressed doubts about the BJD government’s abilities and expressed worries about non-Odias leading Odisha’s administration.

“People from Odisha, Naveen Babu, would like to know if the Ratna Bhandar of Puri Jagannath temple has been opened, who made the duplicate keys, and where the original keys are.” If the BJP wins power in Odisha, he sought to see the suppressed probe report and pledged to make it public within a month.

“This Jhola Sarkar is it.” In reference to the alleged hijacking of government projects, he remarked, “Modiji sends five kg of grain per person and Naveen Babu delivers it in a bag.” Shah said that the five kilograms of central grain allotted to each citizen had been repackaged by the BJD administration. In order to help the impoverished, he challenged the state government to provide an extra 2.5 kg of grains, highlighting the need of a “double-engine government” for Odisha’s growth.

Amit Shah, Union Home Minister

Shah said that Odisha has regressed by 50 years and criticized the BJD for the state’s lack of growth in the last 25 years. He mentioned the shortage of basic utilities, pointing out that 6,412 villages need roads, over 26 lakh people lack piped water, and 27 lakh families still lack pucca dwellings. “Odisha has the lowest farmer income in the nation. If the BJP wins power, we will increase the paddy MSP to Rs 3,100 per quintal and implement Ayushman Bharat for all,” bellowed Shah.

He cited unmet promises about the Koel Barrage project, a government hospital, and a medical college. Shah criticized that under Naveen’s leadership, government employees rather than elected representatives oversee the administration, highlighting the significance of Odia culture and governance.

Shah urged voters to support Modi for a third term as prime minister, arguing that he would make India the third-largest economy. “Under Modi government, tribal welfare budget was increased from Rs 24,000 crore to Rs 1.24 lakh crore, 740 Eklavya Residential Model Schools were constructed and a mission launched to end sickle cell disease,” Shah said.

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