With BJP being seen as a principle challenger to Naveen Patnaik-led Biju Janata Dal in Odisha, Modi told a rally here that the affection voters of the state had shown for his party in the polling booths on Thursday has augmented his responsibilities towards them.

“It seems from the trend visible in elections and your affection, which was visible in the polling booths of Odisha on Thursday that my responsibilities are increasing. It is especially so towards you,” Modi said.

“You have showered love toward me and I will return it with dividend. Though I am born in Lord Somnath's land, I have no less affection towards the people in the land of Lord Jagannath,” he added.

Taking a jibe at Patnaik’s lack of ability to speak, read and write Odia language, Modi wondered how the people had tolerated him for 15 years.

"The man who does not understand you language, feel your miseries and pain, cannot give you a good government,” Modi said.

"Does your CM meet you? Do you need such people?... You have tolerated a person for 15 years who does not understand your language. You have given Madam Sonia 10 years in the Centre and this government 15 years, give me 60 months,” he added.

The BJP’s prime ministerial candidate said many scams have occurred in the state but were not discussed much as they were overshadowed by the bigger scams that took place in the Centre.

Modi claimed he will change Odisha like he did Gujarat.

He alleged that the Congress uses the poor as an election tool and chants their name only during the elections.

Ten Lok Sabha seats in the state went to polls on Thursday and the remaining 11 constituencies will vote on April 17.

(Agencies)

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