Himansu Shekhar Rout

A war of words erupted again between the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) supremo and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s Lok Sabha nominee for Bhubaneswar seat Aparajita Sarangi on Wednesday over the developmental works in Bhubaneswar.

Addressing a public meeting at Khordha while campaigning for party candidates, Patnaik targeted Sarangi again from the dais and said, "The Bhubaneswar MP had tried to halt the works in Puri and Lord Lingaraj.”

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The Chief Minister also reiterated his earlier allegation that the leaders of the opposition parties are telling lies and shedding crocodile tears.      

Responding to the Chief Minister’s statement, Sarangi said, "Honourable Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who has been in power for the last 24 years, in a video message, pointed accusing fingers at a first-time MP. Nothing is more ludicrous than his statement. I feel he is worried. The BJD camp is down with pessimism.”

'Looking forward to a debate with CM"

The BJP leader also said, "I will again repeat my earlier statement over the development of Bhubaneswar. I invite the Chief Minister of Odisha for a debate on the developmental works done during my tenure in the Bhubaneswar parliamentary seat.”

“I have sought time and venue for the debate. Twenty-Four hours have passed, but I have not received any notice from him for the debate. I am looking forward to a debate with him,” she said.

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