Jharsuguda: Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan recently launched a scathing attack on the Chief Minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik, while addressing an election meeting organised at Jharlipali Panchayat of Kolabira block. He raised serious concerns about the state of governance in Odisha and accused the Chief Minister of failing to lead effectively.
Pradhan highlighted the poor law and order situation in Jharsuguda, citing the abduction of a minor who was being held for ransom as an example of the “Black Hills rule” currently plaguing the region. He also criticized the state government for failing to provide adequate security to its citizens, saying that without proper law and order, development cannot take place.
The Union Minister questioned the government’s handling of recent elections, accusing it of depriving the backward classes of their rights. He called it a “conspiracy” rather than a genuine effort to promote democracy. He further questioned the Chief Minister’s commitment to tribal welfare, asking how many times he had chaired the Tribal Advisory Committee in the last five years.
In contrast, Pradhan highlighted the developmental work done by the Modi government in Jharsuguda, emphasizing that Rs 1136 crore has been deposited in the DMF, 59,276 houses have been made available under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, and clean drinking water has been supplied to over 63,000 households through pipes.
Additionally, 87,000 toilets have been constructed under the Swachh Bharat Mission, and 86,000 and 52,000 SC/ST families have received gas under the Pradhan Mantri Jorja Yojana, respectively.
Other speakers at the event, such as BJP State President Manmohan Samal, MP Joel Oram, and Bargarh MP Suresh Pujari, echoed Pradhan’s criticism of the Chief Minister’s leadership. They also questioned the state government’s response to the murder of a senior minister and its failure to provide land to many people under the Jaga Mission.
The roadshow organised by Pradhan in Jharsuguda city later in the day drew a crowd of about 15,000 people, causing significant traffic congestion in the city. The Union Minister, along with party candidate Tankadhar Tripathi and other senior party leaders, urged the public to vote for the BJP in the upcoming by-election.