CM Naveen Patnaik addressing the gathering at the Party Office of Biju Janata Dal in Bhubaneswar on Monday
CM Naveen Patnaik addressing the gathering at the Party Office of Biju Janata Dal in Bhubaneswar on Monday
Bhubaneswar: The ruling BJD President and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday vowed to step up its battle against central “negligence” towards State and said it would never compromise with the interest of the State and its pride, while addressing a function marking the 96th birth anniversary of Biju Patnaik.

“The BJD will never compromise with the State’s interest and its pride. We will continue to fight against the Centre as successive central Governments ignored Odisha’s interest,” Patnaik said at the party office.

Asking party workers to work hard for eradicating poverty from the state, a dream of Biju Patnaik, the Chief Minister said his government was committed to work for the welfare of the weaker section. “We have launched several schemes for the welfare of the tribals, dalits, women and weaker section,” Patnaik said.

Stating that women empowerment was one of the dreams of Biju Patnaik, he said his father was first in the country to empower women by reserving 33 per cent of seats in the three-tier panchayat system.

“I hope woman panchayat representatives of Odisha will rise to the occasion and prove themselves as the best in the country,” Patnaik said.