BJP unveils ‘chargesheet’ against BJD, calls for change in Odisha governance

Bhubaneswar: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) unveiled a detailed ‘chargesheet’ against the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) during a gathering in Bhubaneswar, alleging that the ruling party has misled and mistreated the people of Odisha throughout its 25-year governance tenure.

The chargesheet emphasized various concerns such as labor migration, inadequate welfare measures, and a scarcity of employment opportunities in the state.

Union Minister Bhupender Yadav unveiled the 60-page document titled ‘Kete Dina Au Sahiba, Parivartan Aniba’ (How long do we endure, it’s time for change), highlighting the deficiencies of the state government. He was joined by state unit president Manmoahn Samal, Odisha election in-charge Vijay Pal Singh Tomar, and party National Vice-President Baijayant Panda.

Yadav criticized the Odisha government’s performance over the past 25 years, citing failures in increasing farmers’ income, improving irrigation facilities, establishing more cold storages, and ensuring women’s safety. He also expressed concerns about the rising number of missing children.

The chargesheet, accompanied by the tagline ‘Kete Dina Au Sahiba, Parivartan Aniba’ (How long do we tolerate it, it’s time for change), raised questions regarding the alleged mismanagement by the BJD.

Speaking at the event, Union Minister Bhupender Yadav emphasized that the BJP’s participation in the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in Odisha aimed to establish efficient governance both at the state and central levels. He highlighted the suffering endured by the people of Odisha due to the BJD government’s misrule and expressed the BJP’s commitment to rectify the situation.

Yadav noted a decline in the BJD’s popularity over the years, attributing it to the party’s lack of significant contributions to development and public welfare. He criticized the government’s unfulfilled promises regarding irrigation facilities and warehouses for farmers.

Addressing the issue of migratory laborers, Yadav highlighted a concerning trend of landless laborers from Odisha migrating to other states, with over 40,000 leaving in the past year alone.