BHUBANESWAR: Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) has alleged that the secret deal between Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been exposed after Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for his party’s support to MMDR (Amendment) Bill in Parliament.
“The deal which BJD had struck with BJP is no more a secret now. It was made public on Wednesday when Modi thanked Naveen. BJD now stands exposed,” OPCC president Prasad Harichandan told mediapersons here on Thursday.
BJD, which had been opposing measures like MMDR (Amendment) Bill, Land Acquisition Bill and one relating to coal mines auction, took a U-turn after striking a deal with BJP in a desperate bid to protect party leaders from CBI probe into the chit fund scam, the OPCC chief alleged.
It was clear that there was some understanding between BJD and BJP when CBI investigation into chit fund scam, which was going on in full steam, virtually came to a grinding halt after some leaders of the regional party were booked in the case, Harichandan alleged.
Criticising the Prime Minister for thanking the Chief Minister at a function organised to dedicate the expansion of Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP), Harichandan said it was not an occasion to make such a political statement. It was not a political event, he said.
Modi, who went to Rourkela to dedicate RSP’s expansion project, completed during the UPA rule with an investment of Rs 12,000 crore, to the nation, utilised the occasion for political purpose to keep the Chief Minister in good humour, the OPCC chief claimed.