Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik
Bhubaneswar: Hitting back at the Opposition parties, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday said that the Opposition have developed the “habit” of bringing false charges against him.

“They are in the habit of making false allegations against me,” Patnaik told reporters replying to a question on Opposition demand for his resignation over the hooch tragedy which killed 34 people in Khurda and Cuttack districts recently.

Because of the ongoing panchayat elections, the false allegations are louder this time he claimed.

It is noteworthy to mention that Opposition Congress and the BJP have been demanding Patnaik’s resignation since the tragedy. But the demand seem to gain more motion after Excise Minister AU Singhdeo resigned on ‘moral grounds’ two days after the incident.

“If Singhdeo could resign on moral ground, why can’t Patnaik?” Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee President Niranjan Patnaik asked.

State BJP president Jual Oram also made similar demand. “If Ministers could be dropped for the fault, why is the same yard stick not applied for Patnaik?” he asked.