CM breaks silence on discretionary quota

Bhubaneswar: Chief minister Naveen Pattanaik today finally broke his silence over the controversial irregularities in allotment of government land and houses by the Bhubaneswar Developent Authority(BDA) and the Cuttack Development Authority(CDA) under the urban development ministry from the discretionary quota of the ministers.

Naveen while talking to the media assured that his government would conduct na thorough probe into the allegations where government officials, ministers, politicians and judges have been allotted both land and houses by the two authorities from the discretionary quota ministers. Naveen promised that stern action against would be initiated anybody found to be guilty in the probe.

The political climate in the state has suddenly become stormy after the media unearthed that the law minister Bikram Keshari Arukh had abused his power to grab two prime houses from the BDA violating the rules and regulations. Major political parties like the Congress, BJP and the left parties have demanded the ouster Arukh from the state cabinet after the law minister on Tuesday admitted his wrong-doing though he has denied that he had ever submitted any false affidavit. Meanwhile, BJP has alleged that Arukh has grabbed two other houses from the BDA against the names of his close relatives. Of course, Bikram Arukh when contacted denied the charges. But it is anybody`s guess that the law minister has already landed up in a mess and time can tell whether he would survive the upheaval or he has to be dropped from the cabinet.