Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jun 25:
Moments after the Union government on Wednesday announced that the proposed Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Odisha would be set up in Sambalpur, ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) went on an overdrive to claim credit for it.
While the BJD predictably bestowed the entire credit for the selection of Sambalpur as the site for the IIM to party supremo and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, the BJP attributed the success to the Centre.
“The Union Cabinet’s decision on Wednesday has fulfilled the long-drawn-out demand of the people of Odisha. The state has erupted in joy. With the coming up of the premier B-school, the quality of management education would improve in the state and contribute to overall development. We thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi for approving IIM in Sambalpur,” the state unit BJP said in a statement.
The BJP state headquarters in the capital city celebrated the moment with distribution of sweets.
The BJD, however, was in no mood to share the credit with the Centre, though the latter had initiated the process of setting up IIM in Odisha and awarding it in favour of Sambalpur.
“I welcome the Centre’s decision. This was made possible due to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s efforts. The Centre was dilly-dallying on the IIM issue. It was the state government’s concerted efforts and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s intervention in the matter that made it possible. The state government would provide all necessary assistance to make the Sambalpur IIM a premier institute,” said Sanjay Dasburma, Minister of Employment, Technical Education and Training (ETET).
On the other hand, spokesperson of Biju Yuva Janata Dal Bijay Nayak said in a statement: “The Union Cabinet has given approval to the Naveen Patnaik government’s efforts for setting up of the IIM in Sambalpur. This has become a reality due to state’s efforts. The state government has always given importance to uniform development.”