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Congress to raise Pajero issue in Odisha Assembly

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau 
Bhubaneswar, Mar 22:

Congress would take up the allegations against Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Minister Sanjay Das Burma including his alleged ownership of Pajeros and his connection with AT group in the Assembly for discussion, said Congress Chief Whip in Odisha Assembly Tara Prasad Bahinipati.

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Coming as it does a day after Congress workers observed Brahmagiri bandh and on the day of BJD’s maga rally demanding arrest of former Brahmagiri MLA Lalatendu Bidyadhar Mohapatra (Lulu), Bahinipati’s remarks bear significance as it indicates that Congress is in no mood to broker peace.

Speaking to reporters on the Sanjay Das Burma – Lalatendu Bidyadhar Mohapatra (Lulu) controversy, Bahinipati said that the State Government is trying to suppress the voice of the opposition.

“This government is inefficient and corrupt. It is trying to suppress the voice of the opposition to get away with the corruption of its ministers. We would raise this issue in the Assembly,” said Bahinipati speaking to reporters today.

BJP also backed Bahinipati and said that they would welcome a discussion on the issue.

“It is unfortunate that the minister in question is driving Pajero cars, building new houses at a time when the people of the state are suffering. Lulu Mohapatra is a senior leader. I believe, he must have consulted other leaders in his party before making such an allegation. We would welcome a discussion on the issue,” said BJP leader Pradip Purihit reacting to the development.

BJD, however, stood by Das Burma.

“The AT group chit fund scam is being investigated by CBI. It is a Central agency and the State Government has no control over it. Had there been any substance in the allegations, it would have already come out. Congress allegations are absolutely baseless and politically motivated,” said BJD Spokesperson Pratap Jena.

Notably, on March 17, Lulu had alleged that chit fund company Artha Tatwa (AT) Group had gifted a Mitsubishi Pajero to Das Burma.