In his first poll address post first phase polls in Odisha, an aggressive Prime Minister Narendra Modi fired a salvo at CM Naveen Patnaik. He was addressing the Vijay Sankalp Samabesh of the BJP at Sambalpur today.

Though he didn’t name Naveen directly, in his inimitable style Modi did take a dig at Naveen, when Modi recalled in the large rally here by saying “everyone is fully aware as how fingers were pointed at some big names in the chit fund scam and coal block allocation in Odisha.”

The statement gains significance as CBI had questioned an official of Naveen Niwas, Saroj Sahu, in 2016 during the ongoing investigation on Ponzi scam in Odisha as per the directives of Supreme Court. And recently CBI questioning Naveen in one such coal block allocation case came to fore during a hearing at SC. Many ministers and senior leaders of BJD were summoned by the CBI and two senior BJD MLAs and a BJD MP had even been jailed in the Ponzi scam.

Modi slammed the Naveen-led BJD government on Mahanadi in Sambalpur, where a year ago BJD launched a large-scale mass agitation, satygraha over Mahanadi waters. He today raked up the Mahanadi water mismanagement by BJD government and said, “State Government data shows nearly 70 per cent water is being drained to Bay of Bengal.”

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