Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jul 16:
It was like the days of yore when Rajya Sabha member Pyari Mohan Mohapatra was seen with Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on the same dais three years after their bitter and acrimonious falling out.
The two estranged leaders attended the inauguration of the passenger train from Begunia to Khordha at the Begunia railway station this afternoon.
Mohapatra, who on Wednesday had told the media that his chances of attending the function was ’50-50′, had confirmed his participation at the function earlier in the day.
“Yes, I will attend the function hundred percent,” Mohapatra told the media here.
Asked whether he would like to talk to the Chief Minister after a gap of over three years since May 29, 2012, when he allegedly plotted a coup against his erstwhile leader, Pyari said; “There would be nine invitees: three MPs, two MLAs, two Union ministers, the Chief Minister and myself. I cannot say whether I will sit beside the Chief Minister.”
To a question on whether there will be an opportunity to have a chat with the Chief Minister, Mohapatra said it is not a matter of opportunity.
“For some people, it can be an opportunity’ for others, it can be a misfortune. But there is something called etiquette in politics. No matter what difference of opinion you have with another person, you have to speak to people for the sake of manners and etiquette. I am willing to talk to anyone with whom I have serious enmity,” he said.
Asked whether he would propose to the Chief Minister his New Odisha concept if he has the opportunity, he said it was an absurd proposition.
“This is not the occasion where you can discuss this issue with the Chief Minister. There is little scope as the duration of the function is brief and no has enough time to either discuss or listen to it”.