Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Puri, Sept 5:
The BJP national secretary JP Nadda had a tough time answering queries from Odisha party leaders on the opening day of the three-day Odisha BJP training camp in Puri on why the Centre has not yet favoured a CBI probe into the huge mining scam in the state.
In the open session on the inaugural day, a number of party activists wanted the central leaders to explain why the BJP-led NDA government is sitting over the Justice M B Shah Commission report which has strongly recommended a CBI probe into the mining scam.
Some of them also pointed out that the Union steel secretary, in the presence of the Steel Minister Tomar, had ruled out a CBI probe.
People are questioning us on our pre-poll promise of ordering a CBI probe in to the biggest scam ever, they remarked.
Nadda, Arun Singh and other central party leaders were evasive in their response. However, they assured party men that the issue will be examined seriously.
“Just wait and watch’, was the line that the central party leaders took to pacify the agitated cadre.
Most of the speeches made during the sessions on the first day were routine and related to the assessment of the electoral debacle of the party in the last elections, how the party can be strengthened, spreading the Modi mantra across the state, use of social media et al. .
Addressing the inaugural session, Nadda said leaders need to go to the people with the party programmes and the development agenda.
“We should involve the people and also expose the corrupt BJD government,” he said.
Senior party leaders Biswabhusan Harichandan, Suresh Pujari, Bijay Mahapatra, Dilip Ray,Jaynarayan Mishra, Basant Kumarr Panda and others participated in the deliberations that continued through the day.