New Delhi: The ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) in Odisha has hit out at Union Minister Jayant Sinha for claiming that the state government stalled development projects worth Rs 1.36 lakh crore, reported ANI. (Also read: Odisha Bandh: Farmers Say HSC Exams Won’t be Affected)

According to the news agency, the BJD has issued a press note, claiming that Sinha wasn’t ‘properly informed’ which led to his allegations. “He hasn’t been properly informed by the local BJP leadership. The BJD government has always been cooperative for development of Odisha,” the press release said.

In Odisha on Sunday, Sinha, the Minister of State for Civil Aviation had said that the state needed a “double engine” government to accelerate the pace of development.

He said the people of Odisha will get the full benefit of the Centre’s schemes only with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government at the Centre as well as the state.

“The pace of development is higher when the Centre and the state have governments led by the same political party. Several development projects have been affected in Odisha due to the lack of support form the state government,” Sinha said.

“We have launched many projects in Odisha and want the state to develop. But if we don’t get support from the state government and the BJD,” he said.

He said Central projects worth Rs 1.36 lakh crore were stalled in Odisha due to the state government’s non-cooperation. Several schemes were facing bottlenecks due to land acquisition and forest clearance, he added.