Bhubaneswar: Launching a scathing attack on the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, senior Congress leader and Leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra on Friday said the Chief Minister is a ‘zero’ in the house whereas he poses as a ‘hero’ outside.
Mishra was referring to the absence of the Chief Minister while the house was debating on the Mahanadi water sharing dispute, which is being raised by the ruling party at several forums.
“Where is the Chief Minister? Why is running away from the house? Is this the way you fight for the rights of people?” asked the Leader of Opposition while participating on a motion moved by the ruling party on Mahanadi water issue.
He said the statement of Naveen Patnaik that he would fight till his last breath to protect the interest of the people on Mahanadi issue was for public consumption and not for achieving the goal.
“The presence of ruling party members in the house shows how serious they are on the Mahanadi issue. I think the ruling party is more interested that the serious issue. They feel that the interest of the state can be protected by marching on the streets and shouting slogans, but not holding debates,” said Mishra referring to the thin presence of the BJD members in the house during the discussion.