Naveen has taken Odisha back by 50 years: Amit Shah | India News

BERHAMPUR/BHUBANESWAR: Union home minister Amit Shah lashed out at Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday, accusing him of taking “the state backward by 50 years” due to his policies and governance.
Shah, continuing from where he had left off during his last visit on April 25 when he had termed Naveen’s tenure as “lost years” for Odisha, was addressing a rally at Surada, part of Aska Lok Sabha seat in Naveen’s home district Ganjam.
Shah’s statement comes a day after Naveen’s associate, V K Pandian, said if BJP is voted to office it will take the state back by 25 years.
Shah said, “If Naveen babu wanted to hand over governance to babus, he could have chosen at least someone from Odisha.” Shah also accused Naveen of trying to prevent people from attending the Ram Utsav after the consecration of the Ram Lalla idol in Ayodhya by holding different events in Odisha. He alleged that the Naveen govt packs free rice sent by Modi in bags that carry his own photo. “Naveen babu is not returning to office this time. People of Odisha have bid him goodbye,” Shah said.
Shah said all four gates of Sri Jagannath Temple in Puri will be opened within six days and the glory of Ratna Bhandar (temple treasury) will be protected if BJP is voted to office in Odisha. “In the name of Parikrama Prakalpa (heritage corridor), the Naveen Patnaik govt has closed the doors of the 12th-century temple and destroyed the mutts in the temple town,” he alleged.
Referring to the issue of Ratna Bhandar’s missing key, Shah said BJD had failed to protect the glory of the temple treasure.

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