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BJD Counters BJP & Dharmendra Pradhan’s Accusations Against Odisha Govt, Volleys 20 Questions


23 February 2019

Mohammed Ishtiyaque


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Bhubaneswar: Countering senior BJP leader and Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan’s allegations made against the incumbent Odisha Government, ruling BJD today volleyed 20 questions on BJP and Pradhan.

Convening a press meet at its party headquarters here, BJD posed a volley of questions on ‘Ujjwala Yojana’, ‘Fuel Price Management’, ‘Railways’, ‘National Highway’, ‘Aahar Yojana’, ‘Coal Royalty Revision’, ‘Clean Energy Cess’, ‘Contribution to IOCL project’, ‘MSP and Swaminathan Commission Report’, ‘Mahanadi’, ‘Brahmani Second Bridge’, ‘Ispat Medical College and Super Speciality Hospital’, ‘Special Category Status’, ‘Polavaram’, ‘33 Programmes Sharing Pattern Changed and Centre Funds Slashed/ 8 Programmes Stopped’, ‘Telecommunication’, ‘Banking’, ’10 Crore Jobs’, ‘Central PSUs Zero Contribution’ and ‘15 Lakhs Per Account’.

BJD IT Cell head and party spokesperson Amar Patnaik questioned, “Why is the Union Minister fearful of putting up the list of beneficiaries of Ujjwala and those refilling cylinders in Odisha on the Ministry’s website? This programme is a complete failure with more than 80% beneficiaries not refilling cylinders as per the reply of Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan in Parliament.”

“There is large scale corruption in Ujjwala as admitted by Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan as seen in Rajnagar in Kendrapada. Why is the Union Minister hiding this corruption, the BJP and Union Minister Pradhan must answer,” demanded the BJD spokesperson.

On the fuel price management, BJD said, “in 2014 while the international crude oil price was 112 dollar per barrel, the price of petrol was at the same rate as today when international crude oil price is 58 per dollar,” and burst, “Why is he doing like this, Union Petroleum Minister Pradhan must answer.”

On the Railways, BJD raised, “From Odisha the BJP led Centre is taking Rs 20,000 crores per year in Railways but is spending Rs 2000 crore per year. Accordingly, Odisha has been providing about Rs 1 lakh crores over the past five years but has not got even Rs 20,000 crores” and questioned, “Where is the rest of the money going instead of coming to Odisha? Is the money being sent to Madhya Pradesh and Bihar since Mr Pradhan has been and is a Rajya Sabha MP from those states?”

On the Aahar Yojana, it has been stated, “In 2015 the Aahar Yojana started. It is meant for subsidized food for poor people, relatives of the hospitalized and the people who travel to urban areas for their work. GAIL and MCL had signed MoU to support the Aahar Yojana in the State. Overnight under whose pressure did they back out of this? Did the CSR funds of GAIL and MCL got to Bihar and Madhya Pradesh? Which Union Minister put such enormous pressure on them to back out?"

Accordingly, BJD volleyed 20 questions on issues concerning Odisha’s interests and sought answers from the BJP-ruled Centre as well as the Union Petroleum 7 Natural Gas and Skill Development Minister and has demanded answers.

BJD spokesperson Sasmit Patra also came down heavily on both the BJP-led Centre and Dharmendra Pradhan.

Earlier in the day, Pradhan, while addressing a press meet here, accused that the BJD-ruled Odisha Government is obstructing Central projects worth Rs 1.36,417 crore and is not cooperating to implement the projects in the State here.

He detailed out the road, transport and highways, railway, health and education, tourism and heritage projects allegedly stalled by the State Government here.

Pradhan also alleged that most of the projects are facing land acquisition and forest clearances pending with the Odisha Government.

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Amar Patnaik, Spokesperson, BJD

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Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Petroleum Minister