Major political parties like the Congress and the BJP in Sambalpur have made BJD bashing their main poll plank ahead of the three-tier panchayat elections. They have been highlighting corrupt practices of the BJD in public meetings, rallies and door-to-door campaigns in the district.
“Huge amount of money comes from the Centre for the improvement of primary education, rural heath programme and rural communication, but due to improper utilization of the funds, people are being deprived of the benefits. Though the Naveen Patnaik-led BJD government takes the credit by renaming the projects, you can not befool people for a long period,” the former DCC president of Sambalpur, Sureswar Mishra, said. According to him, the image of the state government has been stained after the exposure of various scams including the coal scam, dal scam and mine scam.