Naveen Patnaik files FIR against BJP for not mentioning “Special Category Status” for Odisha in 2019 Lok Sabha polls manifesto


Disappointed by the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) for not mentioning the Odisha’s demand of special category status in the manifesto for 2019 elections, Odisha Chief Minister, Naveen Patnaik‘s Biju Janta Dal (BJD) lodged a complaint against them. The complaint was lodged against BJP at Kharvela Nagar Police station for allegedly cheating 4.5 crore people of Odisha.

In its complaint, BJD ha mentioned 15 questions to BJP and its inclusions in the manifesto. One of these questions state, “why is the promise of special category status for Odisha missing in the manifesto of 209, whereas it was present in the election manifesto of 2014 general elections?” In his appeal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Naveen Patnaik asked to accord the special category status to Odisha.

In his letter to Prime Minister asking for special category status for Odisha, Patnaik mentioned, “the pace of transformation and growth of the state has been inclusive. However, successive governments have neglected the state. It is in this premise of historical Central neglect and frequent natural calamities that my government has been demanding special category status for the state that will supplement our efforts in the transformation of the state.”

After the BJP released its manifesto on Sunday for 2019 general elections, BJD accused the ruling party of not mentioning its demands in the manifesto. BJD said that the BJP’s manifesto’s full of lies and succeeds the lies of the 2014 manifesto. they have failed to fulfill all the promises of the 2014 manifesto and it will proceed the same if the government comes into power again.

BJp released its manifesto on Sunday named as “Sankalp Patra” whose promises include employment, farmers income, Citizenship bill, stand against terrorism.

Odisha will vote for 21 Lok Sabha constituencies and 147 Assembly seats. The state will go to polls in four phases on April 11, 18, 23, and 29. The counting of the votes is scheduled on May 23 and the results will be announced on the same day.


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