Bhubaneswar: Suspended BJD MP and Odisha Jana Morcha (OJM) chief Pyari Mohan Mohapatra today alleged a tie-in between the ruling BJD and the Opposition Congress in coal block allocation in the State.
Mohapatra made the allegation while addressing the gathering during the OJM’s rally at PMG Square in the State capital today.
“BJD has inked a secret pact with Congress to subdue the coal block allocation. Though the Centre was stressing on auction through competitive bidding, the State Government has favored direct allocation leading to heavy loss to exchequer,” Mohapatra said.
Replying to Panchayati Raj minister Kalpataru Das and BJD’s chief whip Pravat Tripathy’s talks on Saturday of OJM being B team of Congress and Mohapatra being a ‘Congress’ agent, Mohapatra said, “They (BJD) have tied up with Congress in coal block allocation. So, they are the B team of Congress. Not we.”
Adding more Mohapatra said the BJD leadership has failed to perform due to unconstitutional and undesirable forces and his organisation would make every effort to remove them.
Attacking Naveen Patnaik for not being able to learn Odia, the state’s mother tongueand official language, Mohapatra said: “How can he lead the state when he could not learn Odia in 12 years?”
Accusing Patnaik of being inefficient and undemocratic, the dissident leader also said the chief minister has worked against the wishes of his father and former chief minister Biju Patnaik.
“Biju Patnaik had set up Orissa textile mills but his son decided to sell these,” he told the gathering. “Reject him (Naveen Patnaik) who ceases to be the president of the BJD as per the constitution of the party,” he said.
Refuting the allegation against him on the alleged coup against Naveen Patnaik, the bureaucrat-turned-politician said the chief minister himself probed the matter using his own agencies and did not find any substance.
Mohapatra also said that his party targets to enroll 25 lakh members across the state in the next five months.
Mohapatra was Naveen Patnaik’s non-official advisor for over a decade. Challenging Naveen Patnaik’s leadership, he launched the OJM, a political forum to “establish internal democracy” in the state’s ruling party.
Adding more, Mohapatra during his address at the rally informed that OJM will hold four similar conventions at different parts of the State.
Source: 360 NS