Challenge accepted, but Naveen should debate in Odia: BJP

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Bhubaneswar: Accepting BJD’s challenge for an open debate on the State government’s achievements and Central assistance, the State unit of BJP today set certain conditions for the regional party.

“We are ready to debate with BJD on Amit Shah’s claim of Rs 4,000 crore central supports and State government achievements. But, we have two conditions before them. First, CM Naveen Patnaik should come forward for debate with Union Minister and BJP leader Dharmendra Pradhan. Second, Naveen should speak in Odia so that 4.5 crore people of the State can watch and understand,” BJP State general secretary Prithviraj Harichandan said at a press meet here.

The saffron party, however, kept the option open for BJD to finalise date, time and venue for the discussion.

Countering the BJP in similar style, the ruling party in State called upon the PM to take part in the debate if the CM participates.

“We are ready. The place is Bhubaneswar and date and time will be announced very soon. But, the Prime Minister needs to come for debate, if head of the State participates,” BJD spokesman Pratap Deb said.

Two days ago, the Petroleum Minister himself accepted the challenge of BJD and said he is ready to debate with the CM on his achievements in 17 years rule and Modi in three years.

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