BHUBANESWAR: The State BJP on Tuesday accused BJD of misutilising public money for publicity of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik under the pretext of celebrating Children’s Day.Protesting the State-level celebration of Children’s Day, leaders of the saffron party held a dharna near the party’s State office here.
State BJP vice-president Sameer Mohanty alleged that the State Government has spent `200 crore for the function. The Chief Minister is utilising school students for his own publicity and this comes at a time when his image has taken a severe battering due to failure of his Government on all fronts, he said.
“How could he (Naveen Patnaik) suddenly develop love for children after 17 years of his rule? The hidden agenda is to hoodwink people and gain publicity using public money,” Mohanty said.
A day before the event, the BJP launched a website for children to highlight the failures of the State Government during its 17-year rule.Dismissing the BJP allegations, BJD spokesperson Pratap Keshari Deb said as this was an official function political motive should not be attributed to it. Before accusing the BJD, the BJP should clarify the source of fund utilised on celebration of “Modifest” and “Sabka Saath and Sabka Vikas” programmes.