Bhubaneswar: After Prime Minister Narendra Modi attacked Biju Janata Dal (BJD) government saying that percentage commission culture has become the state government’s identity, Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday said that the prime minister must have said that to enthuse his political workers. Also Read - AAP MLA Raghav Chadha Claims UP CM Yogi Adityanath Getting Migrants 'Thrashed'; Cops Register FIR

Patnaik rather had a piece of advice for the government and added that the Centre should be thinking about the various scams, such as Skill Mission and Ujjwala. He 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. Also Read - How Does PM Modi Stay Fit During Lockdown? He Says 'Will Share Videos On Social Media Soon'

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

PM Modi said, “Everyone is aware of the importance of Ayushman Bharat scheme, but Naveen Babu does not understand. Odisha government should come forward and join the programme.” The PM added that the pace of development of Odisha is slow. Odisha is lagging behind due to this government’s laidback attitude, said PM Modi.

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. PM Modi reiterated his statement saying, “Once again, I publicly urge Naveen Babu to link people of the state with Ayushman Bharat health insurance scheme which seeks to cover 10 crore poor families and effectively 50 crore people in the country.” PM Modi also added there was a need for “bada parivartan” (big change) to give pace to Odisha’s development.