Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, Sep 13:
Launching a scathing attack on the BJD government in Odisha, PCC president Jayadev Jena today compared chief minister Naveen Patnaik with the blind king Dhritarashtra of the epic Mahabharata for his silence over acts of corruption involving his party men in the chit fund, discretionary quota and the Ghangapatna land scam.
“The chief minister is acting like Dhritarastra in allowing rampant corruption in his government. While his party men, including MPs Ramachandra Hansda, Kalpataru Das, Minister Sanjay Dasburma and MLA Pranab Balbantray, are involved in the chit fund and land scams, the chief minister, who claims to be clean, has remained deafeningly silent, which has surprised the people of the state,” said Jena at a press conference here today.
With the CBI inquiry unearthing the alleged roles of ruling party leaders in the chit fund scam, the Congress president said the government will be thoroughly exposed by the time the inquiry ends.
“ It is now crystal clear that in engaging a battery of top notch lawyers in the Supreme Court to oppose a CBI probe into the chit fund scam, the government was trying to protect the culprits. The Crime Branch was acting like a shield for the ruling party. The chief minister himself is involved in the scam and allowed his party men to loot the hard earned money of the public,” said Jena.
The PCC chief also said that the chief minister can’t wish away his link with the Seashore group with which the government had inked several MoUs. The CM himself had attended a host of programmes organised by the company, he pointed out.
Stating that the CB inquiry can never uncover the Ghangapatna land scam since many influential parsons are involved, he demanded a CBI inquiry into all land grabbing cases and allotment of land/plots under discretionary quota in the state.
“If the chief minister has the courage, he should immediately hand over the inquiry into entire land scam in all the cities of the state, besides the discretionary quota scam, to the CBI. The scam should be probed from the beginning, not from 1995,” said the PCC president.
He said the chief minister is playing a ‘drama’ by asking Kalpataru Das to resign as Rajya Sabha Parliamentary Party leader instead of asking him to resign from the Rajya Sabha and directing the police to lodge criminal cases against him and his MLA son.
Turning his attention to the BJP, the Odisha Congress president said the party must come clean on the corruption issues as it was an ally in the government till 2009.