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Congress accuses Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik of betraying his people in Rajya Sabha

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Patnaik & his party Biju Janata Dal were denounced for making false claims of disassociating themselves from Congress & BJP.

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) today accused Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik of betraying the people by backing NDA candidate in the Rajya Sabha deputy chairman election in a bid to stop the CBI from exposing ruling party’s “misdeeds”.

“BJD supporting the NDA candidate for #RajyaSabha Deputy Chairman election isn’t surprising at all, that’s what allies are supposed to do. It’s a deal to stop CBI from exposing the BJD’s misdeeds,” OPCC president Niranjan Patnaik alleged in a twitter post.

Patnaik further claimed that the chief minister’s move gave credence to talks about understanding between the BJP and the BJD. “This strengthens the ongoing rumours of seat sharing discussions between the BJP and the BJD,” he said in a statement.

“The BJD has been betraying the people of Odisha for many years by making false claim about maintaining equal distance from both the BJP and the Congress. But, its real character has now come to fore,” Patnaik said

Naveen Patnaik has all along been misleading the 4.35 crore people of Odisha by accusing the previous UPA regime and BJP-led NDA government of neglecting the state, he alleged.

On the other hand, the chief minister cleverly backed the BJP on most issues such as demonetisation, introduction of GST, presidential election and holding of simultaneous Lok Sabha and state Assembly polls, the Congress leader said.

“Now Naveen Patnaik has proved himself to be loyal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi by announcing BJD’s support to the NDA candidate in the election to the post of Rajya Sabha deputy chairman after getting a telephone call,” he said.

By changing colours like a chameleon, the BJD chief has always been sacrificing the interest of the state to protect his narrow interests, he alleged.

BJD, however, justified its decision saying there were ideological similarities between the party and JD(U) of which the elected NDA candidate Harivansh Narayan Singh belongs.

“Our party has decided to support Singh since JD(U) and BJD have similiar ideological background. Both the parties have emerged from the Jaiprakash Narayan movement against the Emergency imposed by the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in mid 1970s, BJD spokesperson Sasmit Patra said. – PTI

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  1. The contours of the deal seem to be that the BJP will not seriously challenge CM Naveen Patnaik in the Orissa assembly election and his party will be part of its coalition government in Delhi. The Congress is still not getting the full measure of the challenge it faces in the next general election.

  2. Well, That’s called Politics and not moral game. If JDS could coalesce with INC, and not term that act as that of chameleon, do not make the same analogy

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