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Congress is Going to Be Reduced to Below 50 Seats in This Election: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi held election rallies in Kandhamal, Bolangir and Bargarh in Odisha on Saturday (May 11)

Challenging Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik, he said- Naveen Babu has been the Chief Minister of Odisha for a long time. I challenge him to name all the districts of Odisha without looking at anything.

PM said in Kandhamal rally - Congress is going to be reduced to below 50 seats in this election. On June 4, the party will not even be able to become the opposition in the country's Parliament. I would bluntly tell the Congress not to believe that the Muslims of India will not move away. People have made up their mind to take NDA beyond 400.

PM said- Congress says to be careful, Pakistan has atom bomb. The condition of Pakistan is such that they do not even know how to handle bombs. They are looking for a buyer to sell their bombs, but no one wants to buy from them. People know about the quality of their goods.

The Prime Minister said- 26 years ago today, Atal Bihari Vajpayee's government had conducted nuclear tests in Pokhran. One was the day when India had introduced its capabilities to the world and on the other side there is Congress, which tries to scare people again and again.

In Kandhamal, PM touched the feet of Padmashree winner Purnamasi Jani on the stage. Purnamasi is a poet and social worker. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 2021.

Modi said- Odisha is rich, but most of the people here are poor. BJD did nothing to remove poverty. Odisha's identity is in danger. BJP will protect it. BJP made a tribal daughter from Odisha the President of India.

Modi said - The key to the 'Ratna Bhandar' of Jagannath Temple has been lost for the last 6 years. The state government later said that the duplicate key had been found. The question is why was this duplicate key created? Losing keys is a matter of concern, but duplicate keys are even more of a concern.

PM Modi said- Naveen Babu has been the CM here for so many years, but still the people here are unhappy with him. He (Naveen Patnaik) does not know the names of the districts of Odisha and their capitals. How will they know about people's pain?

PM Modi said - Nowadays the prince is dancing with the Constitution on their forehead. When Manmohan Singh's cabinet took a decision, the prince ruined that decision by calling a press conference. Those pieces were not of paper but of the Constitution.

PM said- Today Odisha's daughter commands all three wings of the army. The daughter of Odisha is the pride of the country. They are deciding the direction of the country. All this is happening with the power of your vote, Modi is just a medium.

Modi said - Our President Draupadi Murmu offered prayers at the Ram temple in Ayodhya a few days ago. She sought blessings from Ramlala for the welfare of the country. A day after his visit, one of the biggest Congress leaders said that we will purify the Ram temple with Ganga water. Do such people have the right to be in Indian politics?

PM Modi reached Bhubaneswar in Odisha on Friday (May 10) evening. He held a road show with BJP leaders in the capital Bhubaneswar late in the evening. The Prime Minister was seen wearing a saffron cap during the road show on Janpath Road in Bhubaneswar.

He was also accompanied by BJP state president Manmohan Samal and BJP candidate from Bhubaneswar Aparajita Sarangi. Thousands of people had gathered on both sides of the road to get a glimpse of the Prime Minister. Modi greeted everyone while waving from the car.

Earlier on May 6 also, PM had held a rally in Baharampur and Navrangpur of Odisha. Here he had said that the expiry date of BJD government is written on 4th June. Today is 6th May, BJP's Chief Ministerial candidate will be decided on 6th June. The oath ceremony of the BJP Chief Minister will be held in Bhubaneswar on June 10. I have come today to invite everyone to the oath ceremony of the Chief Minister of the BJP government.

There are 21 Lok Sabha seats and 147 assembly seats in Odisha. Voting for Lok Sabha and Assembly elections is taking place here in four phases on 13 May, 20 May, 25 May and 1 June. The Biju Janata Dal (BJD) government is in power in the state since March 5, 2000, under the leadership of Naveen Patnaik.

In the 2019 assembly elections, BJD won 112 out of 146 seats, BJP 23 and Congress 9. In the Lok Sabha elections, BJD won 12 seats and BJP won 8 seats. Congress had got only one seat.