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11 February 2019

Debashish Maharana

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Bhubaneswar: The day Odisha Government through its affidavit submitted in the Supreme Court affirmed that the selection of the Lokayukta for Odisha will be complete by March 31 and it would start functioning from April 8 this year, political squabbling went off between opposition BJP and ruling BJD.

Hitting back at BJP’s allegations dubbing Odisha Government’s affidavit in the apex court a dilly-dallying tactics, BJD spokesperson Sasmit Patra questioned, “Will BJP make it clear what is the party’s opinion of Lokpal formation in the country? Even though 4-5 years have elapsed, why is BJP mum over Lokpal issue?”

“It’s an administrative procedure. When the Chief Secretary has already submitted affidavit citing our Government’s statement, I don’t think it proper to make a political statement on it,” he stated.

The BJD spokesperson retorted, “First enquire from Pradeep Purohitji about BJP’s boasting of presenting and passing Lokpal Bill as well as formation of Lokpal. Why have they (BJP Government at Centre) been unable to do so despite being in power for the last five years? Why is he behaving like an escapist when Lokpal concerns the whole nation?”

In his reactions earlier in the day, BJP MLA Pradeep Purohit had said, “Odisha Government is not in a position to form Lokayukta. They (ruling BJD Government) patted their own back in the Assembly then bragging that Odisha is the first ever State that has already passed Lokayukta Bill. But, no Lokayukta has been formed till date.”

“Today they have filed affidavit in the Supreme Court swearing to form Lokayukta. But, I don’t believe. Submitting affidavit is a ploy to buy time. After the Election Commission imposes code of conduct in near future, the State Government’s plea would be that formation of Lokayukta wouldn’t be possible. Had the Odisha Government been sincere, it would have formed Lokayukta much earlier.”

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Sasmit Patra, Spokesperson, BJD

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Pradeep Purohit, MLA, BJP, Odisha