Sambit Patra Wednesday took a swipe at Odisha Chief Secretary
S C Mohapatra over his visit to Balasore ahead of Chief
Minister Naveen Patnaik announcing a development package for
the coastal town on Tuesday.
Patnaik on Tuesday announced a Rs 155 crore
developmental package for Balasore Municipality area, barely
hours after a team of senior officers comprising the chief
secretary, 5T Secretary VK Pandian and Works Secretary Krishan
Kumar made an assessment of the basic requirements for the
all-round development of Balasore town.
The BJP spokesperson also cautioned the chief
secretary by saying: "After our state BJP president''s
allegation, you came in a very political colour to politically
influence the by-election. It is a matter of grave concern.
Suresh Babu, this is not expected from you. You are tied with
the Constitution of India and not with the ruling party."
Patra in another tweet also said: "Suresh Ji, you are
a senior Odia administrative officer. You visited Balasore...
When CM @Naveen_Odisha announced to take responsibility of
poll bound Pipili AC, coinciding with that you came with a
package for Balasore whr by-poll was held in recent past."
He also said that you (CS) went to Balasore. What
about Bijepur, Patkura and Tirtol where CM had made similar
announcements of taking personal care. Whether CM remembers
these too, he asked.
Patra said this referring to the chief ministers
announcement of Rs 155 crore developmental package for
Balasore where a by-poll was held in November last year.
Patnaik announced the package only some days before
the by-poll in Pipili where he too pledged before the people
to take personal care of Pipili Delang area.
BJD''s Rajya Sabha member Sasmit Patra retorted quickly
to reply to Sambit Patra. "Why are you against the development
of Balasore. Are you anti-Balasore? Have you consulted Hon''ble
Minister and Balasore MP @pcsarangi Shri Pratap Sarangi before
making such Tweets?," the BJD spokesperson wrote in his
twitter post. PTI AAM