BJD, BJP Spat Over Invitation To Make In Odisha Conclave-2018

09 November 2018

Ajesh Mallick

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Bhubaneswar: While the flagship biennial global investors' summit “Make in Odisha Conclave 2018” being organized here by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik-led BJD Government from November 11-15 and as the conclave is going to be a watershed moment in Odisha's industrialization journey, poltical bête noire BJP today criticized the State Government for not inviting any Central Ministers this time.

BJP’s Odisha-in-charge Arun Singh today reacted, “The Central Government has invested lots of funds in Odisha for implementation of its various schemes and programmes and also there are several public sector undertakings (PSUs) that are helping in the growth of Odisha. Hence, the Union Ministers should be invited so that they could share their views in the Conclave.”

“The Chief Minister is not large hearted. There is an investment to a whooping tune of over Rs 5 lakh crores in the Central PSUs in Odisha. Hence, the concerned Union Ministers should be formally invited so that they suggest on Odisha’s development as well as India’s growth story,” he remarked.

On the contrary, Odisha Industries Minister Ananta Das countered, “The Chief Minister’s heart is large is small, the people can better say. He (BJP leader Arun Singh) is not maintaining our CCR. The four and half crores of people of Odisha are maintaining it. That will be written by the people of Odisha.”

He further stated, “Objection is raised by all. They (BJP) have already started dubbing it ‘Back in Odisha’ since yesterday. They are unable to see the brighter side. They are also least bothered about Odisha’s prestige.”

He argued, “When the local unit of BJP is protesting against the courtesy visits of their Union Minister to the Chief Minister as had been last time in 2016, why to invite and get humiliated?”

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Arun Singh, BJP's Odisha-in-Charge

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Ananta Das, Minister, Industries, Odisha