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Medical College Inauguration Sparks State Vrs Centre Political Spar

03 September 2018

Ajesh Mallick

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Bhubaneswar: While the Odisha Government is claiming credit for the establishment of the new medical colleges and hospitals as it has been investing a lion’s share instead of the Centre’s assurance, opposition BJP alleged that the BJD-ruled State Government is playing politics over it.

Convening a press meet at the State BJP Headquarters here, Odisha BJP Legislature Party Leader K.V. Singhdeo burst, “As the Central Government is investing 60% in the establishment of medical colleges and hospitals, the State Government’s advertisement should carry either the Central Government’s or the Prime Minister’s photo. But the State Government is resorting to politicking by sending the message that the medical colleges are being set up solely by it.”

“The State Government is often blaming the Centre for neglect. When the Centre is always trying to help the State, the State Government is not even extending the minimum courtesy of thanks,” he fumed.

On the contrary, ruling BJD spokesperson Pratap Keshari Deb countered, “In pen and paper it is mentioned that Centre’s share is 60% and State’s 40%. But, the lion’s share is being borne by the State Government till date. The share of Centre is yet to reach here.”

“When the State Government is spending maximum funds and completing the project on a war-footing in absence of the Centre’s helping hand, there is no use of raising question on the advertisement. If they are bearing the 60%, no one bars the Union Health Ministry to flaunt advertisement on the inaugural occasion,” he argued.

He also defended, “Unless and until I know correctly about the protocol breach towards the Union Minister of State for Health today as alleged by BJP, I can’t comment on it.”

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K.V. Singhdeo, Senior BJP Leader, Odisha

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Pratap Keshari Deb, Spokesperson, BJD