Bhubaneswar: Reacting to statements of BJD’s Kendrapara MP Baijayant Panda on interference of bureaucracy in politics, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday termed such allegations as baseless.
Replying to media queries, Patnaik said, “When they have no other issues, they attack my office. This is nothing new,” said Patnaik.
On asked whether any explanation would be sought from Panda, Patnaik said, “What is appropriate will be done and I am busy in developmental work of my State and people are well aware of what is going on.”
Patnaik’s statements came a day after the MP expressed resentment over the meddling of a non-Odia officer at Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) in party affairs, after inauguration of an overhead water tank project at Buhalo village in Cuttack district yesterday.
Meanwhile, the MP reacted on statements of the Chief Minister and tweeted,
I’m v.disheartened. Did Biju Babu also have”no other issues” when he demanded action agnst corrupt babus? If no issue, why 5 police platoons in Mahanga? Was it I who created disturbance in Mahanga? Was i not just doing my job peacefully? I still plead for my leader to examine🙏🏻 https://t.co/GkJuZ3DKuV
— Baijayant Jay Panda (@PandaJay) January 12, 2018
Panda’s remarks came after threats were issued ahead of his scheduled tour of his constituency for inauguration of the drinking water project on Thursday as it was for the second time that the MP was being prevented from carrying out developmental activities in the area.
Earlier, the Parliamentarian had to face egg and stone attacks at him in his own constituency last year.
Panda then had shrugged off the attack, saying that he was not afraid to face even bullets and will continue to work for the public.
“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 said after the inauguration of the drinking water project.