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Suryakant Jena

Bhubaneswar: Odisha BJP in-charge D Purandeswari on Tuesday fired on all cylinders stating that Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik should issue an apology for cheating people of the State over various issues.

Launching an all-out attack, Purandeswari said Naveen should apologise before the public of Odisha as he has remained absent from the State Assembly proceedings for the last one year.

"CM Naveen is going to attend rallies 500 kms away from Bhubaneswar but he does not even care to take stock of the wildfire situation in Asia’s second-largest biosphere reserve Similipal, which is burning red hot," the senior BJP leader said.

Today, Odisha is witness to scores of corruptions, ever-rising cases of crimes against women and child smuggling. There are two to three lakh people who don’t even have a roof over their heads, she added while speaking to OTV.

Citing the suicide bid by a BJP MLA Subash Panigrahi in the State Assembly as nothing wrong, Purandeswari said that “We should feel proud that one of our members even expressed his willingness to die for the interest of the farmers.

In the backdrop of the ruling BJD seeking apologies from Panigrahi for taking the extreme step in the Assembly, the former union minister said that instead of the Deogarh legislator, CM Naveen should apologise.

With the Election Commission of India announcing the dates for the byelection to the Pipili Assembly segment on Tuesday, the BJP in-charge of Odisha exuded confidence that the saffron party will come out with flying colours in the bypoll, which is being considered as an acid test ahead of the panchayat and urban local body elections in the State.

"We will prepare a comprehensive strategy for the election by taking all party workers and representatives together. We will leave no stone unturned to reach out to people by exposing all the wrongdoings of the BJD government. We are confident that our efforts will bear fruits," she said.

People are voting for Naveen but who after him, asked Purandeswari while hopeful of winning in Assam and West Bengal Assembly Elections.

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