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BJD accuses BJP of misutilising tax payers’ money on MODI fest publicity




 The ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) today accused Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of misusing crores of tax payers’ money on publicity.

Addressing media persons here today, BJD general secretary Sanjay Das Burma today criticized the BJP of launching special programmes for chronicling achievements of Narendra Modi government at the Centre. Terming it a complete wastage of public money, Das Burma said 45 companies have been forced to sponsor the programme and tour of several Union Ministers including Venkaiah Naidu and MP CM Shivraj Chouhan in Odisha. BJP launched its Modi Fest programme from today.

“BJD will reach out to people and make them aware of such wastage of public money that the BJP is spending for its own publicity. The funds could have been utilised towards several welfare projects,” said Das Burma. He further raised fingers at the BJP for pressuring several companies including NALCO, SAIL and MCL for backing out from the popular ‘Aahar’ Yojana in Odisha.

“The way several companies are using our mineral resources and helping India’s development, Odisha is only getting pollution in return. The companies are making crores of profit but they have now stepped out of Aahar Yojana of the State government which was aimed at providing meals at subsidized rates to poor and weaker sections,” added Burma.

Notably, the first phase of the MODI (Making of Developed India) festival will begin tomorrow in seven towns of Odisha, according to the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC). The places where MODI Festival will be organised in the first phase are: Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Bhadrak, Rajgangpur (Sundergarh), Parlakhemundi (Gajapati) and Boudh. Though initially it was decided to organised MODI Fest in 10 townships of the state, later the organisers postponed the programme to June 23, 24 and 25 at Keonjhar, Nabarangpur and Rayagada.

The programmes would be conducted in four different phases to highlight the achievement of the NDA government's last three years. This apart, the Central government has also taken up 'Sab Ka Saath, Sab Ka Bikas programme' to highlight the BJP led NDA government's success. While there would be 30 programmes under MODI Festival, 45 others to mark "Sab Ka Saath, Sab Ka Bikas', sources said.






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