Baripada: Prime minister Narendra Modi came down heavily on the Congress while addressing a public rally, here on Saturday. He also criticised the state government on various issues.

Modi said that the Congress is against the slogan ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’. The grand old party of the country has opposed ‘Bande Mataram’ slogan in Madhya Pradesh. It has stopped the pension of the victims of the emergency in 1970s soon after coming to power in Madhya Pradesh.

The prime minister said that he would remain ‘Choukidar’ and continue to protect the wealth of the country. ” Congress is against the Choukidar”, he added.

Modi said his government is taking very hard decision for the interest of the country.

Criticising the ruling BJD in Odisha, he said that the state is depriving poor people from free treatment in hospitals by not joining the Centre’s Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana. He urged the state government to immediately participate in the world’s largest health insurance scheme. Referring to the recent lower court verdict in case of a rape and murder case in Pipili in Puri district, the prime minister advised the state government to further investigate the case to punish the culprits in the case.

Earlier in the day the prime minister launched a slew of projects. Projects worth Rs 4,500 crore in railway line, gas pipeline, National Highways, and Multi-Modal Container Depot.