BJP, BJD jostle to take credit for IOCL ref project

Bhubaneswar: Ahead of dedication of IOCL refinery at Paradip to the nation on February 7, BJD and BJP are competing with each other to take credit for the project.

While BJP, which is in power at the Centre, said the State government is trying to take play dirty politics regarding the IOCL refinery, the ruling BJD stated the party has also its share of credit for the project.

BJP national secretary Suresh Pujari said, “The IOCL refinery is a national project and the PM is visiting the State to dedicate it to the nation. It is definitely a mean thing as some are trying to get a political mileage out of the project. It is laughable to take credit of everything.”

Pujari further stated, “Who has taken the labour pain must be given a chance for delivery.”

He said as the foundation stone was laid for the IOCL refinery project during Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s regime, the credit should go to the Centre.

Commenting on BJP’s attack, BJD spokesperson Shashi Bhushan Behera said, “It is a pride for the State to get a national project. BJD also feels proud and should be given the due credit.”

Behera added, “If there had been no Paradip, whether IOCL would have come here and set up a refinery. There is another mother above that mother.”

Campaign vans of IOCL named ‘Jan Amantran’ vehicles have sparked a war of words between BJD and BJP.

The State government is opposing display of Union minister and senior BJP leader Dharmendra Pradhan’s picture along with the Prime Minister on the posters displayed by the campaign vans.

The campaign vans were flagged off by Pradhan on Saturday to invite people to the dedication of Rs 35,000-crore IOCL oil refinery project to the nation by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 7.

I&PR department secretary has asked the Jagatsinghpur Collector to submit a status report over alleged violation of SC stricture.