New Delhi: Amid high political drama, Union Petroleum and Natural Gas(PNG) Minister Dharmendra Pradhan today called on Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik here at the Odisha Bhawan to resolve the impasse over on revenue sharing between the state government and Indian Oil Corporation Lmited(IOCL).
The meeting reportedly ended on a positive note and both the leaders have expressed their hope to carve out a solution at the earliest to resolve the IOCL dispute.
After the meeting expressing his satisfaction Naveen said that he was hopeful of an amicable and positive solution to the IOCL issue and it will be sorted out soon.
The Chief Minister told media persons, “We discussed the ways to resolve the IOCL issue and I am hopeful of an amicable and positive solution”.
Echoing with Naveen, the Union Minister Dharmendra, “We will find out a solution that will be profitable for both the Odisha government and the IOCL”.
However, the meeting between the two political opponents of the state has sparked off political speculations in the power corridors of Odisha.
Though the meeting was held to resolve the stand-off on revenue sharing between the State government and Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL) and ended on a positive note as described by both the leaders, political speculations are running high since there was no prior information about the meeting till Naveen went to New Delhi on a five-day tour on August 16.
Neither Naveen nor Dharmendra, whom the BJP has been projecting as the ‘Next Chief Minister’ of Odisha, had given any hint regarding the schedule of the meeting though it was an official one.
Agriculture Minister and state BJD Vice-President Damodar Rout had expressed his displeasure over the New Delhi meeting between the two leaders fueling bitter war of words with the BJP.
Meanwhile, leaders from both political parties are ruling out any political agenda behind the meeting.