Odisha CM Majhi, Deputy CM rush to Delhi for meeting with PM

The Chief Minister and his two deputies rushed to the national capital after receiving a call from the office of PM Modi.
Odisha's Chief Minister Mohan Charan Majhi
Odisha's Chief Minister Mohan Charan MajhiPhoto | Express

BHUBANESWAR: Chief Minister Mohan Charan Majhi and two of his Deputy Chief Ministers, KV Singh Deo and Pravati Parida embarked on a four-day visit to Delhi on Wednesday to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

This will be the maiden visit of Majhi to Delhi after assuming charge as chief minister of the first BJP government in Odisha on June 12. The Chief Minister and his two deputies rushed to the national capital after receiving a call from the office of PM Modi.

Informing about the sudden visit to Delhi, Deputy CM Singh Deo told mediapersons, “I came to know from the office of the chief minister that he received a call from the PMO. The Prime Minister has desired to meet the CM and the two Deputy CMs. We are leaving for New Delhi this evening as the meeting with the Prime Minister has been fixed on Thursday.”

An appointment has also been fixed for a meeting of the chief minister with President Droupadi Murmu. The two Deputy CMs may accompany the CM to the Rashtrapati Bhavan too.

Responding to queries, Singh Deo said the Prime Minister is fully aware of the political situation of the state and he had made several promises to the people during his election campaign in the state. Possibly, the discussions will centre around development of the state and implementation of the promises made in the BJP’s election manifesto.

The PM wishing to meet the CM and Deputy CMs ahead of the Rath Yatra and the monsoon session of the Assembly assumes significance as the upcoming car festival will be the first major event of the BJP government and smooth conduct of the festival will be a litmus test for Majhi.

Fulfilling the poll promises is another challenge for the Majhi government as some of the commitments entail huge financial implications. Subhadra Yojana is one of the pledges of the saffron party which requires huge provisioning. 

Procurement of paddy at Rs 3,100 per quintal under which the state government has to pay a bonus of Rs 800 from its own revenue sources is the other challenge before the government. “The meeting with the Prime Minister may a find a solution to the vexing issues,” sources in the BJP said.

The trio is slated to meet Union Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP national president and Union Health Minister JP Nadda and several other union ministers during their stay in the national capital till June 29.

Sources said the Chief Minister may invite the Prime Minister and other union ministers to the Ratha Yatra festival.

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