Huge overhead water tank dedicated to public through little hands

BJD’s Kendrapara MP Baijayant Panda’s gesture of inviting an 11-year-old girl to inaugurate the project received wide appreciation. Despite threats, the MP reached the Buhalo panchayat to dedicate the water project to the people of his constituency

Kendrapara: Young Nirupama Ojha was on cloud nine as she was invited by BJD’s Kendrapara MP Jay Panda to inaugurate the overhead water tank project at Buhalo in Nischintakoili block of Cuttack district here on Thursday.

The move of the MP to inaugurate the project at the hands of the youngster certainly took everybody by surprise at a time when already threats were issued to Baijayant ahead of the scheduled programme in the district.

“I am really happy to inaugurate the overhead water tank by cutting the ribbon and breaking a coconut as a ritual. I had never expected that I would be doing the honours,” said an elated Nirupama.

Earlier, the MP arrived at Buhalo to a rousing reception by thousands of supporters.  Answering media queries on the threats he had received prior to the inauguration, Panda took a dig at his rivals and thanked Buhalo Sarpanch and villagers for their support.

Keeping in view the threats, nearly five platoons of police force were deployed to maintain law and order in the area.

Official sources said that that the overhead water tank project was the 12th to be completed of the total 57 MPLAD-funded drinking water projects in the constituency, each having a capacity of 1,00,000 litres.

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“Some elements had opposed my visit in Mahanga last year and greeted me with eggs and stones. I had then told that even if bullets are fired at me, nobody can stop me from visiting people in my constituency,” said Panda.

Panda further slammed government officers for unduly interfering in the affairs and working of the party.

“There is no need to respect officers who forget their service code, start doing politics and interfere in party affairs and support those who indulge in anti-people activities. Even former CM Biju Patnaik had told people how to treat such officers,” the MP added.