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After Varanasi Mishap, Flyover Politics Resurfaces In Odisha


16 May 2018

Ajesh Mallick


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Bhubaneswar: Post the Varanasi flyover mishap, tables seem to have turned against the BJP owing to the fact that the saffron party is holding power in Uttar Pradesh with Varanasi itself being the constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

In the aftermath of the incident, BJD leader and Khadi Board Chairman Tejeswar Parida has tried to corner the BJP in Odisha. Lashing out at the saffron party he said, “I am extremely grieved at the incident. However, the mishap has given rise to many questions which the BJP members in Odisha as well as at the Centre should answer. Firstly, will the Prime Minister be enquired regarding the bribe which he must have taken for the project? Secondly, why was the PM celebrating Karnataka Vijaya along with his party members at the BJP headquarters in New Delhi when he should have been in Varanasi, standing in support of those who had voted for him and lost their lives? Thirdly, will the BJP demand strict action against the Uttar Pradesh Setu Nigam which was in-charge of the construction of the flyover?”

“Will the Odisha BJP ministers demand CBI probe in the matter or stage a ‘dharna’ in Lucknow or New Delhi just the way they did in Bhubaneswar? These questions need to be answered,” added Parida.

Interestingly, other BJD members have refrained from supporting Parida. Odisha Finance Minister and former Rajya Sabha member Sashi Bhusan Behera said, “The incident is utterly saddening but politicising the issue, drawing comparisons or mud-slinging at others will do no good. However, the concerned people, who owe an explanation behind the incident should answer as they are accountable to the public.”

Issuing an official statement, the BJD has distanced itself from any politics over the issue while raising concern that such mishaps are being frequently witnessed in various parts of the country and the concerned authorities should take adequate measure to keep at bay such accidents which are responsible for the loss of human lives.

Life in the temple city of Varanasi came to a standstill on Tuesday evening when two beams fell off a 40-foot-high pillars of an under-construction flyover in Varanasi, killing 19 and leaving more than a dozen grievously injured.

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Tejeswar Parida, Spokesperson, BJD

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Sashi Bhushan Behera, Minister Of Finance, Odisha

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