CM upset over Orissa not getting cabinet berth

Bhubaneswar: Disappointed at the union cabinet reshuffle, chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday said it is unfortunate that the state failed to get adequate representation in Manmohan Singh cabinet.

"It is sad. Whenever there is Congress-led government at the Centre, Orissa does not get appropriate representation in the union cabinet," Patnaik told reporters here. It is unfortunate that Orissa has not a single cabinet minister at the Centre where it has only one minister of state, the BJD supremo said.

Voicing similar views, BJP`s Orissa unit President Jual Oram said though Srikant Jena, the lone minister from the state, was elevated to minister of state with independent charge of Statistics and Programme Implementation, he has a cabinet minister above him in chemical and fertiliser ministry.

"It is highly unfortunate and demonstrates Centre`s negligence toward`s Orissa," he said.