Bhubaneswar, Apr 2: Congress MLA Suresh Routray on Friday alleged that the State Government released KALIA assistance to garner votes in favour of BJD candidates in upcoming gram panchayat and municipality elections and April 17 Pipili by-poll.
“Earlier, the Naveen Patnaik Governemnt had released KALIA funds before 2019 elections and he (Patnaik) came to power again. The State Government have now released KALIA funds to garner votes in panchayat and municipality elections and Pipili by-poll,” said Routray.
He alleged that 90% of beneficiaries are BJD workers and 10% are common farmers.
He also alleged that the Government has handed over the energy sector to the Tata Power to collect funds for the BJD for Pipili by-poll. The ruling party is spending huge amounts of money in elections. If Gandhi and Gopabandhu will come and fight elections, they will also be defeated,” contended Routray
He said Congress will expedite campaigning in coming days. “If Niranjan Patnaik will spend money like Naveen Patnaik, Congress will surely win the by-poll,” said Routray.