Modi’s ‘Phone A Friend Naveen’ option sails him through deals but what about Odisha: OPCC chief

Bhubaneswar: It seems Congress leader Niranjan Patnaik, after taking charge as the OPCC chief, has taken a liking to tweeting like many other national leaders and has clearly emerged a pro as far as his engagement on the micro blogging site is concerned.

Recently after Harivansh Narayan Singh won the Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman election, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had called Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik over telephone and thanked him for supporting the NDA-backed JD (U) candidate.

Somehow, Odisha Congress found it hard to digest the ‘Thank You’ call while its chief Niranjan grabbed the opportunity to show mirror to both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on the secret deals between the two on the newly-introduced “Phone A Friend’ policy.

He has been super active on his social media handle and quite good at it owing to his observance and claims based on ‘facts’ which according to him, is enough to prove the ruling-BJD at the State and Modi-led BJP at the Centre, betrayers.

Criticising the ‘Phone A Friend’ option of Modi and Naveen, the OPCC Chief tweeted, “The PM and CM have been talking a lot on phone these days. Wonder when will they talk about Odisha’s issues? Why doesn’t the CM pick up the phone and ask the PM to intervene on the construction of barrages on Mahanadi by the BJP Chhattisgarh govt.?”

Niranjan further expressed hopes that the Odisha CM raises the issue of “special category status for Odisha” the next time PM Modi calls him for help.

He was in no mood to stop there. He tweeted again, “Every other day we hear news about illegal land encroachment in Odisha by Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand BJP govts. I hope CM Naveen Patnaik raises this issue in his next phone call with PM Modi.”

Laying importance on the efforts of Muktikanta Biswal for the super specialty hospital Modi had promised to the people of Rourkela, Niranjan suggested Naveen to remind Modi on the issue during their next ‘deal’.

“Mr CM, here’s another suggestion for your next phone conversation with PM Modi- Finish what Muktikanta Biswal wasn’t allowed to do. The next time you talk to your good friend for the next “deal”, do remind him about the super specialty hospital he promised to the people of Rourkela,” tweeted the OPCC Chief.