Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jun 22:
A day after Odisha’s ruling party accused BJP of moral turpitude for not inviting Sambalpur MLA Raseswari Panigrahi to the launching ceremony of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) that was held in the town on June 20, Odisha BJP Spokesperson Sajjan Sharma today said that Biju Janata Dal is doing cheap politics.
“The statements issued by BJD leaders in the aftermath of the event are tasteless. The Chief Minister has inaugurated so many projects that have been funded by the Tribal Affairs Department. He never invited our Minister to the event,” said Sharma addressing a press conference in party’s state headquarters.
BJD, on the other hand, stepped up its attack further.
“I don’t think BJD leaders did any wrong by criticizing BJP when it forgot the basic courtesy to invite the local MLA to a government function. So far as tribal affairs projects are concerned, BJP’s allegations are untrue. The Tribal Affairs Minister has been invited on all occasions and he himself has inaugurated many of the projects,” said BJD Spokesperson Pratap Deb.
It may be noted here that the scheme – meant to facilitate cooking gas to rural household using firewood as their primary means of cooking — was inaugurated on June 20 in Sambalpur by Union Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram and Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.
Local MLA and BJD leader Raseswari Panigrahi, however, had not been invited to the event infuriating the ruling party of Odisha.
The scheme intends to facilitate free LPG connections to 30 lakh BPL families in next three years. It will specially benefit women households in Eastern and North-Eastern states including Odisha that has a LPG penetration way below the national average.