Raman Singh campaigns for Odisha bypoll



Nabarangpur: Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh on Monday hit the campaign trail for by-poll in Umerkote assembly segment in Odisha on the last day of electioneering to bolster BJP's prospects and said a strong bond exists between people of the two neighbouring states.

"Though the boundary separates Odisha and Chhatisgarh, we have a strong bond and blood relation with the people of Nabarangpur District ... we want development of its people," Singh said addressing election meetings at Umerkote and Raighar in Maoist-infested Nabarangpur district.

Listing successful implementation of several welfare schemes for tribal and poor in his state, the BJP leader said "Odisha has plenty so far as natural resources are concerned but?the BJD government lacks the will power to utilise these for the benefit of the poor people and tribals."

"Look at Chhatishgarh. We have less population and resources. We don't have vast sea coast that Odisha has. But we have succeeded in improving the socio-economic condition of the poorest of the poor in rural sector. On the other hand in Odisha the rich is becoming richer and poor becoming poorer. "And I don't hesitate to hold Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik responsible for this", Singh said.

Voicing concern over growing corruption and terrorism in the country, the BJP leader blamed Congress for this.

Both Congress at the Centre and BJD Government in Odisha are involved in many scams, he said adding only BJP wants to root out corruption and terrorism. Singh expressed confidence about victory of BJP candidate Dharmu Gond in the November 30 by-poll.

PTI