New Delhi: Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah on Monday, in a fresh attack on the Congress and other opposition parties, said that they have developed ‘Modiphobia’. Addressing a rally of party workers in Puri, he said, “While Prime Minister Narendra Modi is engaged in ‘Make in India’, the Congress and other opposition parties including the BJD are attempting ‘Break in India’. Modiji says ‘garibi hatao’ (remove poverty), the opposition says ‘Modi hatao’ (remove Modi)… It seems the opposition suffers from Modiphobia.”

Attacking Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and his party, Shah said the BJD has lost all the rights to rule the state following 18 years of misgovernance. He also asserted that the BJP would form the next government in Odisha.

Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had attacked Odisha’s ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) government for its laidback attitude in ensuring “all-round and fast-paced development”. He had slammed the BJD government for rejecting the Centre’s flagship Ayushman Bharat health insurance scheme for the poor.

Following which, Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik had said that the Centre should be thinking about the various scams, such as Skill Mission and Ujjwala. He had also said that the government must focus its attention on sky-rocketing prices of petrol and diesel due to which the whole country is suffering.

For the unversed, the Odisha government has not joined the central scheme, saying it has introduced a better programme, Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana, in the state.

Presently, Congress has been accusing the PM Modi-led NDA government over the Rafale Deal. Rahul Gandhi had addressed the prime minister as “Commander-in-Thief”.

The controversy has started after Francois Hollande had told French Journal Media in an interview that the French side had no role in deciding the Offset partner for Dassault and the name of Reliance was given by the Indian side. Hollande had made this statement while defending himself and his partner Julie Gayet over alleged funding by Reliance of the latter’s film.

(With agency inputs)