Baijayant Panda, Dharmendra Pradhan Slam Chief Minister’s Office As They Have No Issue, Claims Naveen Patnaik

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Bhubaneswar(PTI): A day after a BJD MP and Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan attacked an IAS officer of the Odisha chief minister’s office, BJD president and CM Naveen Patnaik hit back saying they do not have any other issues.

BJD’s Kendrapara MP Baijayant Panda also on January 12 alleged that an officer has been interfering in the ruling party’s affairs and he was seconded by Dharmendra Pradhan, a senior BJP leader.

“When they have no other issues, they attack my office. This is nothing new,” Naveen Patnaik told reporters.

Asked if he would seek an explanation from Kendrapara Lok Sabha MP Baijayant Panda, the BJD President said whatever appropriate will be done.

“I’m busy with my development work for the state. People are well aware of what’s going on,” he said.

Following this, Baijayant Panda said even Naveen Patnaik’s father Biju Patnaik was in favour of action against corrupt officers when he was the chief minister.

“I’m very disheartened. Did Biju Babu also have “no other issues” when he demanded action against corrupt babus?” Baijayant Panda said in his twitter handle.

“If no issue, why five platoons of police in Mahanga? Was it I who created disturbance in Mahanga? Was I not just doing my job peacefully? I still plead for my leader to examine????” asked the BJD’s Kendrapara MP.

Baijayant Panda had faced opposition from a section of his own party workers at Mahanga in his Lok Sabha constituency on January 11, when he had gone there to inaugurate a drinking water project.

After inaugurating the project, Baijayant Panda had said there is no need to pay respect to an officer who interferes in the party’s affairs and shelters persons involved in anti-people activities.

Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan also claimed in a written statement that the state’s Chief Secretary exists in name only due to intervention from an officer in the CMO.

BJD spokesman P K Deb had also said that the BJD MP Baijayant Panda was speaking the language of BJP leader Dharmendra Pradhan.

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