Cuttack: Taking a cue from his Bihar
counterpart, Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday accused the Congress-led UPA government of adopting a
discriminatory policy towards the state.
Patnaik said this at a meeting of the ruling BJD`s youth
wing here to mark the occasion of "Kranti Diwas."
"The Centre is giving special package to states on
political consideration," Patnaik alleged adding that Orissa
was a "victim" of UPA government`s discriminatory policy.
Patnaik`s outburst against the Centre came a day after
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar made similar allegations in
Both Patnaik and Kumar made statements in reference to
Centre`s package of Rs 21,614 crore to West Bengal on
Orissa contributed crores of rupees to the Centre through
different ways, Patnaik said, adding there had been no
specific plan or package for the poor state.
"Under the federal structure, the Centre has specific
responsibility to look after the poor states. However,
Orissa`s interest had not been taken care of by the
Congress-led UPA government which came to power with a slogan
to run the government for aam admi," Patnaik said.