Bhubanewswar, Apr 5 UNI | 4 months ago

The Odisha unit of BJP today took strong exception to the language used in an advertisement published by ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) castigating the party and its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.

BJP General Secretary Dharmendra Pradhan told the media that the BJD Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has panicked by witnessing the large turn out of people in Mr Modi's series of meetings yesterday in Western Odisha.

The BJD, he said has published an advertisement in today's paper describing the leaders of other political parties as 'migratory birds who come only during the election and talk big things of getting votes'. The advertisement mentioned that top leaders of national parties are taking chopper rides in Odisha and asking people to vote for them and questioned, where were these leaders when the state was struck by Phailin and the people of Odisha were suffering in the aftermath of Phailin cyclone.

Mr Pradhan said former BJP president Venkaih Naidu had visited the Phailin hit areas along with several state leaders and a delegation of BJP national and state leaders met the Prime Minister and urged him to release the assistance to the state to undertake the relief and rehabilitation work in the Phailin hit areas. He said the BJP does not require a certificate from the Chief Minister Patnaik, adding that whatever major development had taken place in Odisha was only during former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's regime.

The BJP General Secretary said the Chief Minister is very much scared about the probe in the mining scam and chit fund scam in the state by the next government in Delhi for which he wanted instability at the centre. Mr Patnaik, he further said must clarify his stand as to whom he wanted to be the next government at the centre.

The state will go to polls in two phases -- Arpil 10, April 17.

(Posted on 05-04-2014)