According to a report published in The Telegraph, the BJD chief minister began his foundation-stone laying drive after the conclusion of the municipal elections on February 7. He laid foundation stones for nearly 200 projects between February 13 and March 3. According to the report, Patnaik inaugurated nearly 20 projects on February 23 across the state. It also said that no one knew whether funds had been allocated for these projects.
Patnaik reportedly inaugurated 20 projects in the state on a single day
The BJD began its work towards the general election much earlier when the urban polls were held and the chief minister covered over 100 assembly constituencies, including the Maoist-jit areas of the state.
The Opposition including the Congress and BJP slammed the Patnaik government over its pre-poll overdrive while BJD leaders claimed that the ruling party would sweep the polls this time owing to its massive welfare initiative for the people.