Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jun 7:

Union Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari will attend the third ‘Vikas Utsav’ of BJP scheduled to be held this Friday in Odisha capital.

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After the embarrassment of the failed ‘Vikas Utsav’ in Rourkela yesterday, state unit of BJP today said that the next Vikas Utsav will be limited to a press conference and a discussion with intellectuals.

“The party workers are disheartened a little after the Union Ministers were unable to attend the Rourkela event. It is very natural when a big leader is expected at an event, but fails to turn up. However, as a political organisation, this won’t affect us. We are looking forward to the Bhubaneswar event,” said Odisha BJP General Secretary Prithiviraj Harichandan.

It may be mentioned here that the party had planned seven Vikas Utsavs across the state to take the achievements of the BJP led NDA Government in the center to the people of the state. Seven union ministers were to visit the state to present the report card of the Union Government before the public.

While the first Vikas Utsav was held in Balasore and was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 2, the second event had been organised in Rourkela yesterday.

The Rourkela event, however, turned out to be a damp squib as Union Steel and Mines Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, Minister of State for Social Justice & Empowerment Krishan Pal Gurjar and BJP’s national secretary H Raja cancelled their visit in the last moment owing to “bad weather”.

While local MLA Dillip Ray flew out of town in protest of slow progress on IGH work, no other prominent leader except Union Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram was present in the function.