Bhubaneswar: The BJD-led Odisha government’s plans for Children’s Day celebrations as expected have snowballed into a major political controversy with both the BJP and the Congress today accusing the ruling party of misusing taxpayers money to draw political mileage.
To counter the ruling BJD, the state unit of the BJP also launched a website, www.studenttips.in, for children on the eve of Children’s Day to highlight the failures of the Naveen Patnaik government in its 17 years of rule.
The website highlights corruption, lack of education and healthcare facilities in the State.
Making a scathing attack on the ruling BJD at a press conference, BJP Vice President Sameer Mohanty questioned the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s sudden love for the school students and chided, “At last after 17 years, love for children has suddenly surfaced in CM’s heart. The hidden reason is pure political and motivated by self glorification.”
Sameer Mohanty also accused the government of spending Rs 200 crore from the taxpayers’ money for Children’s Day celebrations.
Similarly, the President of the Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee(OPCC), Prasad Harichandan accused that the it was ridiculous that the Chief Minister consumed about 17 years to think about the school students. Prasad also criticized the state government to misuse such huge amount of public money for personal and BJD propaganda.
Reacting to the allegations made by BJP and the Congress, BJD spokesperson Samir Dash said that the state government does not need the permission of BJP prior to undertaking any expenditure nor does it require any certificate from the opposition parties.