UPA has no right to continue after betraying Aam Aadmi: Patnaik
Bhubaneswar: Accusing the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre of betraying "Aam Admi", Odisha Chief Minister and BJD President Naveen Patnaik on Thursday said it has no right to rule the country.
"UPA has failed on all fronts and, therefore, lost trust of the Aam Admi. It has no right to continue in the government at the Centre," Patnaik said while addressing a meeting here marking end of ruling BJD's ten-day padyatra progranmme.
Rise in prices of different commodities, especially diesel and regulation on LPG exposed wrong economic policies of the UPA government, Patnaik said, adding the common man in rural pockets had been severely hit in the process.
"The UPA government is ruling the country by sitting on hills of corruption," he said naming a number of recent scams and cases of financial irregularities.
Turning to Odisha, the Chief Minister alleged that the state had been a victim of political discrimination by the Centre. "Our demand for special assistance for KBK and other backward regions are ignored by the Centre," he alleged.
On Congress leaders' claim that UPA sanctioned more projects and gave more financial assistance than previous NDA government, Patnaik said, "They (Congress) have no right to make such claims. The state gives a lot to Centre in terms of tax, royalty and earnings from railway but gets a pittance."
Under the federal system, the Centre is duty bound to assist states but "we have been denied genuine entitlements for Odisha", he said, adding the ruling BJD would continue its fight for the rights of the state. Patnaik claimed that his government had been working for overall development of the state.
"Our government has been successful in reducing poverty by stressing on development of farmers, irrigation, drinking water facilities, development of tribal and dalit population," he said.
Apparently keeping the ensuing elections for the urban local bodies in view, Patnaik said his government was committed to the development of urban poor.
"Our government is taking up cases of the urban poor. The landless poor people in urban areas will be given homestead land," he said.
Patnaik, however, did not take questions on the BJP-led NDA of which his BJD was an ally till 2009.