Irked over alleged hijacking of the centrally funded welfare schemes by the State Government, BJP President J P Nadda on Saturday urged Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to be “large hearted” and also give credit to the Centre.
Mr.Nadda said this while addressing the party’s state executive meeting over virtual mode. He alleged that the state government inserted its logo on central schemes like the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana.
"Naveen Babu... 'chhota dil chod dijiye, bada dil rakhiye' (shun meanness and be large hearted)," he said, urging the ruling BJD to acknowledge welfare programmes of the central government in the state.
The BJP Chief also came down heavily on the Odisha government for not adopting the Ayushman Bharat Yojana, which he said would benefit around 2.40 crore poor people of the state.
Those people could not avail the Rs 5-lakh medical coverage because of the BJD government's refusal to adopt the scheme, he said.
"It has been two years since the Ayushman Bharat Yojana was introduced, but it has not been implemented in Odisha. Naveen Babu, please do not become a hurdle for the poor, who face difficulties in getting proper healthcare services," Mr.Nadda said, addressing the party's state executive meeting through video conference.
"The state government is there to look after your (Patnaik's) health issues. But, what about the poor and needy who suffer from different deadly diseases like cancer? I appeal to you to adopt the Ayushman Bharat scheme," he said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is committed towards the development of Odisha and has sanctioned several projects for the state and its people, the BJP National President said.
"I am informed that the state government is taking credit for central schemes like the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) by putting its logo on the housing projects. This is not fair to deny credit to the Centre, which funds such schemes," Nadda said.
He further said there were reports of corruption in the implementation of the PMAY in the state, reiterating that politics should not come in the way of Implementing programs meant for the poor.
"We have been in politics for decades, but never seen such kind of central funding to states to the tune of thousands of crores. The states should also give credit to the Centre for that," he said.
Mr. Nadda said the people of Odisha have recognized BJP's contributions and that is why it emerged as the state's main
opposition party. "We got 38 per cent votes in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, much higher than 21 per cent votes in the 2014 polls.
"Similarly, the party also bagged 32 per cent votes in the 2019 assembly elections as against 18 per cent five years ago," he said, appealing to BJP workers to ensure that it gets over 50 per cent votes in the next Lok Sabha and assembly elections.
Mr.Nadda also asked BJP State President Samir Mohanty to prepare a plan for the ensuing urban polls in the state. "Days are not far when we will form the government in Odisha. We take a vow to achieve this," the BJP Chief added.
Mr.Mohanty mounted a scathing attack on the BJD Government, accusing Patnaik of not involving Odisha ministers in development activities.
"Unfortunately, our Chief Minister has been getting the work done only through officials, ignoring ministers. Democracy is in danger in the state as the people's representatives are not being involved in the developmental activities," Mr. Mohanty said.
He also alleged corruption in implementation of projects sanctioned by the finance commission in the state.
Mr.Mohanty claimed that BJP leaders are threatened for raising their voice against injustice. "Our MLA Jaynarayan Mishra was harassed and police arrested the Baripada MLA yesterday for opposing certain activities of officials," he said.