Bhubaneswar: While explaining the difference between Biju Patnaik and his son chief minister Naveen Patnaik, former minister, veteran politician and Biju Babu’s ardent follower Damodar Rout once again targeted CM Naveen Patnaik, saying that Biju Babu used to deal with any corruption strongly while his son has made corruption as his policy.
“Biju Babu used to suggest us to thrash the tainted officials, but his son has made graft as his policy. He is protecting the corrupted officials,” Rout said.
On the allegation levelled by BJD spokesperson Sameer Das over irregularity in allotting license for liquor outlets during his tenure as Excise minister, Rout said the excise portfolio was given to him with a motive. “I was given the portfolio with a motive. If any liquor death is occurred, I would have been asked to resign. But, no one died due to liquor consumption during my three years tenure. The revenue had increased in my tenure and there was no irregularity,” Rout asserted.
“If Sameer has the gut, he should come out with evidence”, Rout said and lambasted him, saying that he had paid much amount to Kalpataru Dash to get a ticket.