Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) Friday alleged that people are annoyed due to misgovernance of BJD government which has deprived them of basic facilities and encouraged corruption. "People of Odisha are annoyed and suffocated due to misgovernance of BJD for more than 18 years. They are deprived of basic facilities, while the party in power is looting thousands of crores in the name of development schemes," OPCC President Niranjan Patnaik said in a statement.
Hitting out at the ruling BJD, he said people are aware of the manner in which the state government handled the situation during and after of cyclone TITLI.
Though crores of rupees are spent on food security, many in the rural areas have no ration card yet and those who have do not get foodgrains regularly, Patnaik claimed. A huge amount is spent on healthcare schemes, but many people are suffering from various diseases and have no money for better treatment, he said. A recent survey carried by C-voter showed BJD popularity is drastically decreasing and if Lok Sabha election is held now, BJD will get only 6 out of 21 seats in the state, the PCC chief claimed.
On the other hand, Congress is slowly regaining its ground in the state, while BJP is losing its ground all over the country, Patnaik claimed. According to the survey, in Uttar Pradesh, if SP-BSP alliance becomes a reality, then NDA tally will go down to 261 in Lok Sabha. But, the popularity of Congress President Rahul Gandhi is growing, he said adding this is a warning bell both for BJD and BJP.
(With inputs from agencies.)