Narendra Modi claims 'demon of corruption' becoming strong in Odisha, says farmers, women raising their voices against it
Narendra Modi, who launched a slew of projects for the state and released a stamp and a coin to commemorate Odisha's 1817 Paika rebellion, was addressing a BJP rally in Khurda town.
Khurda (Odisha): Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday hit out at the Naveen Patnaik-led Bjiu Janata Dal (BJD) government in Odisha, saying the "demon of corruption" in various sectors has become strong in the state.
Modi, who launched a slew of projects for the state and released a stamp and a coin to commemorate Odisha's 1817 Paika rebellion, was addressing a BJP rally in Khurda town.
The prime minister in an apparent jibe at the BJD government, asked,"Who is feeding the demon (of corruption)?"
"The demon of corruption has grown in chit fund, PC (percentage commission) culture... The truth of Odisha's development is not hidden. Farmers, women are raising their voice," he said.
He also hit out at the Odisha government for not adopting the Centre's mega health scheme Ayushman Bharat.
"People of the state are asking why they have been deprived of the benefits of the health scheme which is available in other states of the country," Modi said.
Polls in Odisha are due to be held along with the general elections.
His appeal came a day after the BJP-led NDA announced Murmu's name as its Presidential candidate for the 18 July poll
In a suo-motu examination of cases under the scheme in Madhya Pradesh, the health authorities examined the records of 84 hospitals, spread across 12 districts, and found irregularities in 27 medical institutions empanelled with the Ayushman Bharat Yojana
The odds are stacked against Yashwant Sinha, as the BJP-led NDA has about 49 per cent of the total vote and needs only one per cent to get its candidate elected. With the support of the BJD, YSR Congress or AIADMK, the BJP can reach this mark and get Droupadi Murmu elected as the 15th President