Bhubaneswar: Congress and BJP today insisted on the resignation of Odisha’s Law and Rural Minister Bikram Keshari Arukh, after he admitted of availing two houses from Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) under the discretionary quota.
As said by Niranjan Patnaik, President, Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee, “It is highly immoral on the part of the Law Minister to acquire two BDA houses under discretionary quota. The Chief Minister must take action in this regard”.
Earlier Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had said that he would “look into” the allegation against Hon’ble Minister of Law and Rural Development.
“As the Chief Minister is looking into the matter, I will go by his words,” said Arukh, after agreeing to surrender one of the houses allotted to him under the discretionary quota.
It is noteworthy to mention that Arukh had been allotted two houses by BDA, one at Kalinga Vihar in the name of his wife in 2007 and another in his name at Pokhariput area in 2009.
Having claimed that there was no such provision of informing BDA on whether he had owned a house in Bhubaneswar Master Plan area before applying for another house, Arukh said, he is not involved in any sort of illegality and hence will not resign.