Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

The Odisha unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has urged the Director-General of Police (DGP) to free Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik from the clutches of 5T Chairman VK Pandian.

Former President of Odisha BJP, Samir Mohanty wrote a letter to Odisha DGP Arun Kumar Sarangi in this regard on Thursday. The senior saffron party leader has also sent a copy of the letter to the Chief Secretary.

“You must be aware of a sensitive issue in Odisha. The Chief Minister of our state Naveen Patnaik has been held hostage by his former personal secretary VK Pandian for some days. It is evident from many incidents. It is evident from the videos posted on various social media platforms of the Chief Minister’s own party BJD that the CM of the State is being held hostage by Pandian and some other non-Odia officials. We doubt whether the Chief Secretary and you (DGP) are able to hold discussions with him as per the protocol,” the letter read.

“All the people of Odisha have the right to know about the Chief Minister. Hence, Odisha BJP is requesting that you in the presence of a justice and some other reputed personalities make the Chief Minister free from the clutches of VK Pandian and hold an interaction with the media in the State. We are expecting that for the larger interest of the State, you will give emphasis to such a sensitive issue and take proper steps in this direction at the earliest,” it further read.

Meanwhile, Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik, while speaking to ANI, said that he is fit and he has been campaigning for the elections across the State over the last one month.

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"There is a limit to lies. BJP has crossed all the limits of telling lies. I am fully fit and I have been campaigning across the State over the past one month," said Patnaik.

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