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Bhartruhari embarrasses BJD by lauding Modi govt

 Senior BJD MP Bhartruhari Mahtab today embarrassed the ruling BJD by praising the Narendra Modi led NDA government through one of his columns in the newspaper edited by him.

The column, appearing on a day when the ruling party made elaborate arrangement to highlight its achievements in the past three years of the fourth term, created a flutter in the Party.

Notably, the parliamentarian, of late, has been in the eye of many storms for his writings in the editorial page of the paper.
Mahtab wrote that Modi-led government at Centre has proved itself to be honest at the end of completion of three years.
 “The government targeted 1.5 crore LPG gas connections in a year, but reached the kitchen of 2.25 crore families within this stipulated period. The important point is that no allegation of irregularities or misappropriation has been made anywhere. Even top officials in the government are free of any charges of corruption”, Mahtab mentioned in his article.
Mahtab also said that the NDA government under Modi has successfully increased its popularity across the country through its welfare schemes”.
This is not for the first time that the MP has written any article on the growing impact of the saffron party or the lacunae in his own BJD.
Mahtab was also showcaused by BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik for one of his article on rising strength of the saffron party.
But the matter appeared to have died down after Mahtab had a meeting with Naveen Patnaik.
The BJD, however, dubbed Mahtab’s article as “Editorial freedom.”
 “He is not only an MP but an Editor also. He might have written something after analysing some Central schemes. Any motive can be ascertained only after a discussion with him,” BJD spokesman Pratap Deb said.
Notably, MP Tathagata Satpathy had also made some statements during the course of his speech at the function to mark the completion of three years of the BJD government in the fourth term.
Senior BJD leaders Debiprasad Mishra whispered something to Satapathy after which the MP abruptly concluded his speech.
“He has every right to give his personal opinion in a meeting or a public forum. It is his personal view. I do not accept it”, BJD spokesperson Surya Patro has said.
The Dhenkanal MP had said that the BJD should clear its stand on BJP.
“We should ensure that we will not go for any alliance with BJP neither pre nor post elections”, Satpathy had told the meeting.
He had also raised the issue of infighting within the party and inconsistency in the stands of BJD leaders.


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