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The Odisha Assembly was adjourned till 4 pm on Friday after the Opposition Congress and BJP tore into the State government over the mega fake certificate racket in Bolangir, alleged tax evasion by private coaching centre Vanik in Bhubaneswar, among other issues.

Launching a scathing attack on the government, Congress said the ruling BJD had turned the state into a hub for criminal activities and scams.

Speaking on the fake certificate racket, Congress leader Bijaya Pattnaik, “This is no coincidence that a senior BJD leader is photographed with the main accused. He has clearly misused his powers and is involved in such frauds. So, it is evident that such frauds are going on unabated with the blessings of the ruling party.”

Similarly, Congress leader Santosh Singh Saluja attacked the government over job opportunities for Jharkhand youths instead of lakhs of Odia youths who are looking for employment opportunities.

“It is shocking to know that TATA is launching a new company in the Odisha-Jharkhand border and has released an advertisement which says that Jharkhand youths can apply. There are several Odia youths who are looking for a job and have their names in the employment exchange. But, TATA prefers to hire youths from Jharkhand,” said Saluja. 

“I want answers on the sudden GST raid on Vanik Coaching Centre and the connection of BJD leader Subrat Chhatoi with the Bolangir fake certificate racket. He is also found to be linked with the supply of computers in 5T schools and his suspicious relationship with IT secretary and also with 5T secretary VK Pandian is condemnable,” said Leader of Opposition (LoP) Jayanarayan Mishra.

However, BJD leader Arun Sahoo refuted all the links with the fake certificate mastermind and said, “Opposition is doing photo politics. How can anybody know when a person is doing such fraud? We oblige for a picture with everyone, but the Opposition is politicising it.”

“They are targeting the government for the pictures, but there is also a picture of the main accused with Narasingha Mishra. Not only pictures, but we also have video proofs. Similarly, BJP leader KV Singh Deo and other senior leaders have also been picturised with the accused.”

“But, our government does not want to politicise it. All we want is an uncompromised probe and strict action which the government is doing right now,” he added.


(Reported by Harihar Chand, OTV)