BJD plans to hijack IOCL refinery dedication

Bhubaneswar: After a political turf war between BJP and BJD over IOCL’s Jan Amantran vehicles, a fresh war of words between the two parties has ensued in the wake of the regional party’s reported plan to hijack the dedication ceremony of the centrally sponsored oil refinery.

While the State BJP has left no stone unturned to draw the public as well as earn a pat from the party high command from the programme, the ruling party has already prepared a bluprint to assemble a large number of party supporters and workers from various constituencies of Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack, Kendrapara and Jajpur districts to steal the BJP thunder in the programme.

Local BJD leaders, including MLAs and ministers, have been entrusted with the task of getting the maximum number of people from their respective constituencies to the venue for the refinery unveiling ceremony.

“As the nearby constituencies are ours, we have asked the MLAs to invite people from their respective areas in large numbers to the ceremony. I had told them (BJP) to spend money to garner public support, if they can,” Paradip MLA and Excise minister Damodar Rout said.

On the other hand, BJP has left the decision on people. “BJD hijacked the Re1 rice scheme even though the Centre bears the major expense under the scheme. If it tries to pose any obstacle before the central programme, the people of Odisha would give a befitting reply in the coming day,” BJP state president Basant Panda said.

Meanwhile, Union minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy, who is currently on Odisha tour, made light of the issue of campaign van bearing Petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan’s photo.

“I am sure his face (Dharmendra Pradhan) is lovable. So, there is no problem as far as the photos are concerned. In politics, we should be large-hearted,” Rudy told newsmen here.