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Sharmili Mallick

Members of Biju Chatra Janata Dal (BCJD) on Sunday hurled eggs and showed black flags at Union Minister of State for Jal Shakti and Tribal Affairs Bishweswar Tudu at College Square in Kendrapara Town. The student wing of the ruling BJD was protesting the steep hike in fuel prices.

The Union Minister was on a day visit to Kendrapara to attend several programmes in the district when his convoy was attacked with eggs by a group of youths who were sloganeering in support of the ruling party and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

On the other hand, Tudu alleged that the Naveen-led Odisha government has been hijacking all the Centre-sponsored welfare schemes. He said, “The Union Government allocates funds to all the States. Odisha receives money from 41 departments and the officials of the State government use it for the welfare of the people through various developmental schemes.”

The Union Minister claimed that Odisha has so far received Rs 3,323 crore from the Centre under Jal Jeevan Mission (under his tenure). "When I came back to the State after a month, I saw the posters of the CM at all the houses of the beneficiaries. The BJD government is only involved in branding itself and doing nothing for the welfare of the people of the State,” he alleged.

Comments of the BJD leaders could not be obtained on the allegation levelled by the Union Minister.

Earlier on Tuesday, the members of the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) showed black flags and hurled eggs at Tudu, when he was travelling to Naugaon in Jagatsinghpur, protesting the hike in fuel prices and Lakhimpur Kheri incident that saw vehicles mowing down protesting farmers on the road.

The Congress members launched the egg attack at two places near Mundhala and near Alanahata in Jagatsinghpur district.

The Minister has been visiting various places in the State to review the spending of Central funds allocated for water resource development and Tribal affairs.

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