Naveen meets BJD MPs in Delhi

New Delhi: Amidst Congress allegation that there is a deal between BJD and BJP to save ruling party leaders in Odisha from various scams, chief minister Naveen Patnaik today met party parliamentarians at Sansad Bhawan here and discussed with them about party’s approach towards the Centre.

“I had a discussion with the BJD MPs from Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha about the follow-up of the schedule for Odisha’s requirements from the prime minister and various Union ministers,” Patnaik told mediapersons later.

Soon after the meeting, BJD’s parliamentary party chief Bhartruhari Mahatab said, “Besides other discussions, the party cleared its stand on the contentious land acquisition Bill which is expected to be discussed in Lok Sabha tomorrow.”

“There are a lot of State-related developmental projects which need a push and we discussed that,” Mahatab added.

Meanwhile, alleging that the chief minister visited Delhi during last Assembly session and had a meeting with the prime minister, senior Congress leader Narasingh Mishra said there is reasonable ground to believe that a secret deal has been struck as subsequent developments like probe into Chitgate made it amply clear.

“All these give an impression that BJD has joined hands with BJP government at the Centre not as equals to protect the interest of the State but to save their leader and some members of BJD from the serious consequences of various scams in which they are embroiled,” he alleged.