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‘Chit fund and mining scamsters will be jailed’, says Amit Shah in Odisha

Amit Shah accused Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik of protecting those involved in chit fund and mining scams in the state.

lok sabha elections Updated: Apr 27, 2019 16:46 IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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BJP National President Amit Shah addresses at an election meeting in Daltonganj ,Jharkhand on Saturday. (ANI)

BJP president Amit Shah on Saturday accused Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik of protecting those involved in chit fund and mining scams in the state and threatened to send them to jail in 90 days if the party comes to power in the state

At an election rally in Sukinda in Jajpur Lok Sabha constituency, Shah alleged that BJD MAs, MPs and officers were involved in both chit fund and mining scams, but no one has been punished.

“Chit fund looters and mining mafia were not put behind the bars as Naveen Patnaik protected them,” the BJP chief alleged. “We will jail them in 90 days if the BJP forms the government in Odisha after elections.”

Shah said no action was taken by the BJD government to recover money from the mining mafias despite the recommendation of the M B Shah Commission.

He also criticised the BJD for violence against BJP workers in Odisha where more than 20 BJP workers have been attacked, and many killed.

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Both Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in Odisha are being held simultaneously in four phases. The fourth phase will be held on Monday.

The BJP which won ten seats in the last assembly elections claims it is making a serious effort to dislodge Patnaik who has been in power for 20 years.

Shah also criticised Patnaik for Odisha’s underdevelopment. The BJP president alleged that Patnaik’s inability to understand Odia meant that basic necessities of the people like roads, drinking water, electricity and healthcare facilities could not be provided and said people must choose an Odia-speaking chief minister who can understand their problems and redress them.

First Published: Apr 27, 2019 16:46 IST