Bhubaneswar: The Opposition’s continued to hit back at Chief Minister on Friday in the Assembly over the CM’s lack of knowledge in Odia language despite being in power for 12 years and dubbed him as a “person having no feeling towards the state and its people.”

Alleging the manner in which the CM uttered the word “Kumbhira Kandana” (crocodile tears), Congress Chief Whip Prasad Harichandan said, “the Chief Minister cannot cry for the State as he does not understand, read, write or speak Odia language. If one cannot understand the language of the people, how can he cry for them.”

Earlier Patnaik, while making a statement on Tuesday, had termed the opposition Congress’ worries over the State’s welfare as nothing but the shedding “crocodile tear”.

Raising the flood issue during the Zero Hour, Opposition leader Bhupinder Singh, alleged that although flood assistance for the twin floods of September-October of Rs 918 crore was released by the Centre, the State Government did no admit this on Thursday.

Mr Harichandan also questioned the Odisha Government’s request to the Centre seeking an assistance of Rs 3,000 crore to meet the expenses incurred by the State towards relief and reconstruction.

He said while the Revenue Minister said they had successfully completed the relief reconstruction work by spending only Rs 271 crore why did the Government sought an assistance of Rs 3,000 crore. 

Mr Harichandan said the State can not direct the Central Government to impose tax on which items. He said the resolution was passed just to show that the Government was concerned about the welfare of the people keeping the coming Panchayat election in view. So the CM cannot accuse the Opposition of shedding crocodile tears.