New Delhi: Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Odisha visit on 26 May, the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday said it would bring out a charge sheet against the Naveen Patnaik government, listing 36 instances of major corruption, including the multi-crore mining and chit fund scams.
Briefing reporters at the end of the two-day state executive meeting of the party, Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said the charge sheet would list the cases of corruption of the BJD government in its last 18 years of rule.
“At the same time, we will highlight 48 achievements of the BJP-led government at the Centre in its four years of rule,” said Pradhan, lashing out at the Patnaik government over its failure on several fronts. The ‘charge sheet‘ would be released in a couple of days, he said.
Modi is slated to visit Odisha on 26 May and attend a massive rally at the Bali Jatra ground in Cuttack city. BJP’s state in-charge Arun Singh said the prime minister is visiting Odisha to highlight the Centre’s achievements in the last four years.
“PM Modi will highlight the pro-people as well as developmental schemes and policies of the BJP government at the Centre,” said state BJP chief Basant Panda.
The Union minister alleged that the Odisha government is trying to fool and mislead people by providing false data about infant mortality and dared Naveen Patnaik to prove that the data provided in an advertisement of the State Health department is correct. “The CM must apologise to the people of Odisha for providing false data. I will apologise if I am proved wrong,” he said.
Reacting to the BJP’s charges, BJD leader Prasanna Acharya said it was like the pot calling the kettle black.
“In the last four years of BJP government at the Centre, there have been several allegations against it, including the Nirav Modi scam. Besides, BJP was a partner of the BJD in 9 of the 18 years. They must be part of the corruption cases they are talking about. This is political foolishness,” said Acharya.