The wrangling in the BJD cadre is exposed and as a fall out, Odisha is facing a constitutional crisis, Petroleum & natural gas minister Dharmendra Pradhan said.
“The state government has deviated from the constitutional tradition and the ruling party is only passing time as they got a mandate in 2014. Definitely, people will opt for a change when the right time comes.” Pradhan told mediapersons.
“There is both tradition and Rule of law to decide who should do what as per the constitutional directives. It cannot be different for Odisha and other states. It has appeared that Odisha is deviating from this tradition. A unilateral and apathetic government is running in Odisha and the ruling party’s squabbles are getting publicly known”, the minister added.
Pradhan also opined that the Lok Sabha and the Assembly polls should be held simultaneously. He was here to inaugurate the 22nd Refining, Petrochemicals & Technology conclave hosted jointly by Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL) and the Centre for High Technology’.
The Union minister’s acerbic remarks have come close on the heels of BJD MP Baijayant Panda taking pot shots at the chief minister’s office and alleging that bureaucrats in the state were breaching the ‘lakshman rekha’.
Odisha’s panchayati raj minister Pradeep Maharathy, however, labelled Pradhan’s remarks as incoherent and out of context. “Pradhan’s remarks are his personal comments. BJD is working to safeguard the interests of Odisha people and will continue to do so. Odisha has been one of the leading states in executing developmental projects. Besides, the Chief Minister has been adjudged as the best administrator.”
Panda had stirred a hornet’s nest when he alleged that a non-Odia babu was calling the shots in political affairs, something which was unprecedented during Biju Patnaik’s reign.
To this, his party supremo and chief minister Naveen Patnaik reacted, “When they have no other issues, they attack my office. This is nothing new.”
Clearly disheartened at the party boss’ comments, Jay Panda took to tweeting to voice his grievance. “I’m very disheartened. Did Biju Babu also have “no other issues” when he demanded action against corrupt babus? If no issue, why 5 police platoons in Mahanga? Was it I who created disturbance in Mahanga? Was I not just doing my job peacefully? I still plead for my leader to examine”, the MP tweeted.