Dharmendra attacks Naveen on growing corruption in Odisha


Bhubaneswar: Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Wednesday launched a scathing attack on Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for growing corruption and failing to utilise central funds in the state.

Launching the party’s ‘Jabab Maguchhi Odisha’ campaign’ here, Pradhan questioned who is feeding the demon of corruption in the state.

“Naveen Patnaik must answer about his government’s role in chit fund scam, mining scam and PC (percentage) culture,” asked Pradhan.

The Minister linked Saroj Sahu, chit fund scam accused, to Naveen Patnaik.

He asked him to clarify what Sahu was doing at Naveen Niwas, the residence of Chief Minister, and how he is linked to him.

He targeted the state government for failing to ensure 35% irrigation to the farmlands in the state as promised by it.

He also accused the ruling BJD of failing to utilise central funds and providing lands as promised for expeditious completion of rail and road infrastructure in the state.

With Naveen Patnaik blaming the Centre for the delay in completion of Khurda-Balangir railway line project, Dharmendra challenged the Chief Minister to show him an inch of land which the state had provided as promised for completion of the Khurda-Balangir project.

“Odisha was never getting more than Rs 1000 crore in railway budget but now the State is getting around Rs 5000 crore. Is it not visible to Naveen Patnaik? He is hiding his failures,” said Pradhan.

He alleged that the indifferent attitude of the BJD government was visible in the Talcher-Bimlagarh and the Paradip-Haridaspur rail projects.

He also questioned his commitment for ensuring 33 per cent reservation for women in state legislature and Parliament.

“The Chief Minister talking of 33 percent reservation issue for women must clarify how many women ministers are there in his cabinet. At a time when Kundali victim, women and children of Gumudumaha are still crying, the CM is shedding crocodile tears, he alleged.