Launching a broadside against ruling BJD in Odisha, Congress today accused Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik of working contrary to the "value-based" politics he preaches by encouraging leaders from the opposition to join his party.
"Naveen Patnaik talks of value-based politics, but encourages leaders of the opposition party to join BJD. What type of value he is propagating?" Congress General Secretary B K Hariprasad said.
Sounding the poll bugle in Odisha at a public meeting at Chenapadi junction in Keonjhar district, Hariprasad said Congress alone could provide good governance in the country.
The meeting was attended by PCC chief Jayadev Jena, Union Minister Srikant Jena, AICC's Subhankar Sarkar, Congress MP Rajib Biswal and local Congress candidate Madhab Sardar.
Though the Centre was providing adequate funds to the state government for implementation of different programmes, the latter was unable to utilise the amount for improving the condition of people, he alleged.
Exuding confidence that Congress would come to power both at the Centre and Odisha, Hariprasad urged the people to strengthen the party and support it in the ensuing elections.
PCC chief Jena alleged the BJD government was "neck deep in corruption" including the huge mining scam and it had no moral right to continue in office.
Union Minister Srikant Jena said the BJD government had done precious little for the mineral-rich Keonjhar district though the district's contribution in terms of revenue generation for Odisha's exchequer was enormous.
There had been no development in Keonjhar district during the BJD rule, he added.