Ramakanta Biswas

The Biju Janata Dal (BJD) on Wednesday launched a protest alleging negligence of the Centre towards Odisha in the Pradhan Matri Awas Yojana (PMAY) scheme. 

With the winter session of the Odisha Assembly beginning today, the ruling party MLAs took out a protest rally from the Assembly towards Raj Bhawan. Subsequently, they staged a protest in front of the Governor’s House.

“Seven BJP MPs from Odisha presented a false narrative in the RD department of the Centre regarding PMAY. They alleged corruption in the implementation of PMAY scheme. Without considering all facts, the Centre stopped the scheme in Odisha while it is still continuing in other BJP ruled States,” alleged BJD MLA Byomekesh Ray.

“This is a conspiracy against Odisha to stop the housing scheme. We will continue with our protests as long as the Centre maintains such double standards and shows step-motherly attitude towards Odisha,” Ray added. 

Responding to the allegations of BJD, the BJP termed the protest as a tactic to divert the attention of people from the sensational Mamita Meher murder case.

“The BJD has been trying to divert the attention of people from Mamita Meher murder case since the beginning. Similarly, from day one of the winter session of the Assembly today, the ruling party is trying to divert the matter by raising various other issues,” said BJP leader and opposition chief whip Mohan Majhi.

“The BJD is playing politics by holding protests in front of Raj Bhawan and raising PMAY issue,” Majhi added.