BJD-BJP-Congress locked in question war

Bhubaneswar: While observing party’s 21st foundation day function, BJD president and chief minister Naveen Patnaik today threw back nine questions to Narendra Modi-led Central government. In reply, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan hit him back in similar way and sought answers on several matters during launching of BJP’s ‘Jabab Maguchi Odisha’ programme.

While Addressing his party men, Naveen said “People suffered due to demonetisation, there is no proper bank services, farmers are not getting crops insurance amount, SC/ST students are not getting stipend from the Centre for the last two years, Ujjwala Yojana failed as people couldn’t refill cylinders due to high LPG prices; Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL) is earning around Rs 20,000 crore every year but Odisha is getting back only pollution, Railway is taking Rs 20,000 crore but giving Odisha only Rs 2000 crore.Odisha seeks answers to all these questions, Patnaik asked.

Even though the State provided the required land free of cost for the Khurda-Bolangir railway line and bore half of the project cost, the work has not yet begun, the CM alleged.

Naveen further maintained that Odisha doesn’t want special category status nor central assistance. “Only we need financial autonomy. The State can reach pinnacle of success with its own funds. But, our fight for rights will continue”, the CM added.

Responding to CM’s posers, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan lambasted him for not cooperating with Centre in carrying out the railway projects in Odisha.”He should stop shedding crocodile tears. He should clarify the status of land acquisition for Khurdha-Bolangir railway line. Not a single piece of land he has given in Sonepur and Boudh district. Haridaspur-Paradip railway line is also facing same fate. His hooligans are obstructing the construction work for the new line”, Pradhan said.

“Odisha’s share in railway budget didn’t cross Rs 1000 crore but now the State is getting around Rs 5000 crore. Is it not visible to Naveen Patnaik? He is hiding his inefficiency. He should answer who is responsible for the rampant corruption in Odisha,” said Pradhan.

The Congress also posed question before CM Naveen Patnaik. “Odisha’s loan burden has reached from Rs 18000 crore in 2000 to Rs 93000 crore now. Farmer suicide cases are increasing. 65 per cent people are leaving in below poverty line. No irrigation projects have been undertaken in full-fledged manner. Are these things indicating Odisha’s growth as claimed by Naveen Babu,” PCC president Niranjan Patnaik said.

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