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Business News/ Politics / Rahul Gandhi slams ‘BJP-BJD partnership’ in Odisha during Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra
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Rahul Gandhi slams ‘BJP-BJD partnership’ in Odisha during Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra

Rahul Gandhi resumes Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra in Odisha, alleges BJP-BJD partnership. Rahul Gandhi accuses Odisha government of neglecting tribals and Dalits, promises to address unemployment

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi addresses supporters during national flag handover ceremony as the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra enters Odisha from Jharkhand (PTI)Premium
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi addresses supporters during national flag handover ceremony as the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra enters Odisha from Jharkhand (PTI)

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi resumed his Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra in Odisha, where he reached from Jharkhand. In Odisha, the Wayanad MP alleged that the BJP and BJD has a "partnership" in Odisha and the Congress has been opposing them to protect the interest of the people of the state.

In a brief speech, Rahul Gandhi said, "As you know Naveen Patnaik and Narendra Modi run a partnership government in Odisha. They both have joined hands and work in tandem. I find in Parliament that BJD supports the BJP. The BJD people also disturb us at the instance of BJP".

Hitting out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Pattnaik, Rahul Gandhi said both leaders “run a partnership" government in Odisha. The Congress leader is visiting Odisha as part of the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha Polls

Rahul Gandhi claimed that it is the Congress party alone which has been opposing the BJD-BJP combine for the people of Odisha.

Rahul Gandhi said, "I have come to Odisha to open a shop of love in the market of hatred. ('Nafrat ki bazaar me mohabbat ki dukan khulne aaya hu')".

The Congress leader also came down heavily on Odisha's BJD government saying that as many as 30 lakh people from the state have migrated as labourers to other states for livelihood as the state government "was not working for them".

He said Odisha has a huge population of tribals, but they along with Dalits are being "neglected" in the state by the government. "I have come here to listen to your 'Maan ki baat' for 6/7 hours and speak a little for 15 minutes", Gandhi said.

He said the biggest problem in Odisha is unemployment as industries are not functioning properly.

Earlier Rahul Gandhi began his Bharat Joda Nyay Yatra in Odisha's steel city by offering prayer at Vedvyas Shiv temple and started a 3.4-km-long padayatra from Uditnagar to Panposh Chhak here.

Gandhi is scheduled to take a lunch break at Bisra Munda Ground at Ranibandh and attend two more gatherings at Kutra and Baragaon later in the afternoon.

Thereafter, he will resume his yatra from Ranibandh and address a rally at Rajgangpur. He will undertake another 1-km padayatra in Sundargarh town from Bus Stand Chhak Sundargarh via Stadium Chhak to SBI Chhak, following which he will address another public meeting, before retiring for the night at Amlipali Ground in Jharsuguda.

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Published: 07 Feb 2024, 12:43 PM IST
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