Kalahandi: BJD Supremo & Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today continued his campaign trail by visiting Jayapatana Assembly Constituency in Kalahandi’s Lanjigarh.
The Biju Janata Dal chief embarked for the campaigning tour by first visiting Maa Manikeswari at Bhawanipatna and paying obeisance to the presiding deity of the Kalahandi.
In his media reactions, Patnaik said, “I have just come to do darshan of Manikeswari and Maa Manikeswari will take care.” When asked about the response of the people the BJD chief said, “Excellent response! We’ll have excellent results. We’ll do a great deal for Kalahandi’s development.”
The Odisha CM then reached Jayapatana and addressed a public meeting. During his address, Naveen reiterated, “The women of our society are the real double engine of development. We are laying utmost stress on the women and girls in the manifesto of Biju Janata Dal (BJD).”
Naveen also reiterated his promise of hiking medical assistance for women under BSKY from Rs 7 lakh to Rs 10 lakh, free education for girls, marriage assistance of Rs 25,000 for poor families, accidental insurance to all SHGs, interest-free loan of Rs 5 lakh to all SHGs and Rs 5,000 crore work deed per year for women under Mission Shakti.
The BJD Supremo also came down heavily on the BJP & Central leaders and said they only flock to the district during elections season. Patnaik said, “The stalwarts from the Centre think about Nuapada and Kalahandi only at the time of the election. Ask them where is the Bhawanipatna Rail Wagon factory? Where is the double MSP? Where is the ‘har khet ku pani’ (irrigation to every farmland)?
Naveen also asked the people to ask the central leaders that why KBK Yojana and scholarship of ST/ SC students were stopped?
“4.5 crore people of Odisha are my family. I’ll keep on serving you till my last breath. You all bless me. Cast vote on conch symbol, twice, once for the MLA and another for the MP,” the chief minister concluded.
It may be mentioned here that the Chief Minister has been campaigning for party’s candidates in the adjoining area of Nuapada and Kalahandi districts under the Kalahandi Lok Sabha Constituency and all the Assembly segments under its jurisdiction since yesterday.
Patnaik had on yesterday addressed several public meetings in Nuapada and Kalahandi districts. He even took part in the party’s roadshows by bus at Khariar in Nuapada via Sinapali, Golamunda, Dharmagarh, Junagarh and Bhawanipatna town. After the hectic day-long campaigning schedule, Patnaik halted for the night at Bhawanipatna IB.