Bhubaneswar: The BJD manifesto, released by Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and other senior leaders on Tuesday, included not only promises of the party for the people but also a detailed account of “unkept promises” of the Bharatiya janata Party.
Aware that it has been in power for 19 years in Odisha, the BJD opened the manifesto with a list of promises the party said it made in 2014 and achieved by 2019. Stating that it had promised to bring 10 lakh hectares under irrigation, the manifesto said “9 lakh hectares created, will cross 10 lakh hectares by May 2019”. It listed promises kept on health, food and social security, among others.
The next page of the manifesto listed promises allegedly not kept by the BJP — pending special category status, stopping of SC and ST students’ grant, “not a single rupee given” to SHGs, “total cheating” of farmers who were promised MSP hike and reduced fertiliser prices. Inland transport and interlinking of rivers, the manifesto said, “were like dreams of snowfall in hot sun”.
Here you can read the full text of Biju Janata Dal’s election Manifesto 2019