Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

The All India Congress Committee (AICC) media and publicity chairman, Pawan Khera on Tuesday took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik over the alleged bonhomie between the BJP and the BJD in Odisha.

Raising the issue about granting VRS to VK Pandian in just 24 hours, Khera targeted the BJP. He sarcastically questioned the benefit of Odisha in chit fund and mining scams.

“Modi is ruling the centre and his friend is governing Odisha. CBI cases are pending against many bigwigs. However, nothing is happening to them,” said Khera.

The Congress leader exuded confidence that their party will win 10 to 12 Lok Sabha seats and 90 Assembly seats in Odisha in the upcoming election. He also said that Congress will soon announce the list of their candidates in Odisha.

“Modi government has been ruling the country for the last 10 years while his friend in Odisha for the last 24 years. However, what has happened to the chit fund scam? VRS was requested and it was granted within 24 hours. A person from outside has become the king of Odisha and he is moving across the state in chopper. The whole country is now familiar with the name of Pandian,” said Khera.

“The upcoming election is very important for Odisha to give justice to the people of the State. We are quite sure that Congress will win 10-12 Lok Sabha seats and 90 Assembly seats in the State,” he added.