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BJP, Congress allege BJD leaders’ proximity with Rose Valley group




 With the CBI arresting two Trinamool Congress MPs for their alleged involvement in the chitfund scam, the opposition Congress and BJP today demanded action against some BJD leaders who were allegedly working hand in gloves with the Rose Valley Group.

BJP state vice-president Samir Mohanty at a press conference said: "Who was the ruling party MLA from Cuttack who arranged a rented house in Mancheswar area of Bhubaneswar for Rose Valley Group chief Goutam Kundu’s media venture?."

Not taking name of any leader, the BJP vice-president also alleged that a BJD minister had also arranged a meeting of Kundu with CM Naveen Patnaik. "We seek a clarification from the chief minister," Mohanty told reporters.

The BJP also alleged that there was a secret understanding between the ruling BJD and the TMC to provide its own people for a rally planned by the Mamata Banerjee led party in Odisha on January 10.

Noting that the BJP would make chitfund matter as a major issue in the ensuing three tire panchayat elections scheduled to begin from February 13, Mohanty said that though two and a half years have passed, the state government has failed to return money to small investors.

Responding to BJP’s allegation, senior minister Damodar Rout said “The CBI took up the chit fund investigation on Supreme Court directive. Now the BJP is in power at the Centre and the CBI is a central agency, so why they are not cracking the chit fund case as soon as possible?"

“BJP has been making baseless allegations to stay in media limelight in view of the upcoming Panchayat Elections,” said BJD spokesperson Rabi Narayan Nanda.

Opposition Congress, however, sharpened its attack on the BJD over the chitfund scam. “Cuttack-Barabati MLA Debashis Samantray was involved in Aashta chit fund and there was a Mercedes car in his driver’s name. However, the whole issue was covered up," alleged OPCC treasurer and President of Cuttack Nagar Congress, Mohammed Moquim.

"We demand that the CBI should bring the MLA and others into the purview of its investigation,” Moquim said.

BJD MLA Samantaray, however, rejected the Congress and BJP allegations. "I am in no way involved in the scam or have any link with any ponzi firm," Samantray said.






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From asking his party men to ‘live a simple life and serve the people’ to taunting the BJP for its ‘crocodile tears’, Chief Minister and BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik has not only become politically invincible, he seems to be so in the coming years too.

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