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Sharmili Mallick

Bolangir: There seems to a competition among political parties to take credit for several developmental projects which are now being inaugurated in different parts of Bolangir ahead of the crucial 2019 elections.

What has come as a major surprise for the people that leaders of both BJD and Congress were recently seen dedicated several projects to people ‘jointly’ at special functions.

According to reports, Bolangir MLA Narasingha Mishra was scheduled to inaugurate some seven to eight developmental projects by Thursday. However, there was a slight change in schedule after Bolangir MP Kalikesh Narayan Singh Deo intervened and reminded the concerned department's officials about the protocols to be followed during the inauguration.

What happened next day was a major surprise for the people as well as political thinkers as both MLA and MP were seen inaugurating the developmental project of Laxmi Jor Setu on Bolangir-Patnagarh road together on Friday.

"This is a good initiative and every programme should be conducted as per protocol. I always try to include all the elected representatives in all official functions and work should be carried on peacefully," said Singh Deo after the inauguration.

Mishra stated, "Development without unity is impossible. Besides, I welcome if competition brings development. We have not brought Congress party's flags to the venue and the programme has not been made a political one."

SDO of Works department, Manoj Mahananda said "This is good for the development of Bolangir. The name of the chief guest was wrongly printed in the invitation card."

It is pertinent to mention here that the project was inaugurated by Singh Deoon August 28. However, as the plaque allegedly got damaged after four days of the inauguration, the project was re-inaugurated by the MLA and MP together on last Friday.

After inaugurating a series of project in Bolangir district single-handedly, Mishra took part in the programme jointly with the BJD which has drawn sharp reactions particularly from the opposition.

“They are opposing each other to show to the people but there must be a nexus between the two. If both the BJD and Congress would also start taking big projects united, the people of Bolangir would have been benefitted," said a BJP leader, Anant Das.

A resident of Bolangir, Shankar Prasad said "Developmental programmes are being taken up jointly by political parties. However, if the parties join hands to resolve other major problems of the district, then it would certainly bring development for Bolangir."

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