Naveen rubbishes Rahul’s ‘remote-controlled’ jibe


New Delhi: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday rubbished Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s allegations that he was ‘remote-controlled’ by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“Bilkul Bakwaas,” the Chief Minister told media persons.

The Congress president in his address at a public meeting in Bhubaneswar on January 25 had said that the Prime Minister remote-controlled Naveen Patnaik for his involvement in corruption.

Replying to a question on Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan’s claims that CM Naveen is terrified by PM Modi’s rising popularity, Patnaik said, ‘The statement is not true.”

On his sister Gita Mehta declining the Padma Shri, he said, “My sister has the right to do whatever she desires.”

The Chief Minister also reviewed the pending issues with the officials of Union government.

He said the Centre is yet to transfer Rs 6400-crore due to the state while only one month left for the financial year to end.