Minister Excise & Cooperation and BJD Veteran Damodar Rout today threatened to get the Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) project in Paradip closed if Minister Petroleum & Natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradhan further pleaded about Value Added Tax exemption to the Refinery.
“I will get the project closed if Dharmendra tried to force it on us. They are committing dacoity there. The people will not tolerate it,” the Minister Dr.Rout, who represents Paradip Assembly segment in Odisha House said in response to the appeal of the Petroleum Minister to resolve the issue at the Working Group meeting as directed by the Orissa High Court.
Mr.Pradhan had on the sidelines of a program said earlier in the day that the State Government should discuss the issue with an open mind.
Union Minister had said that IOCL was ready to bear the financial burden in the interest of the State and the future of the State’s youth.
He had offered to consider any demand the State Government made with regard to the Refinery project.
Petroleum Minister said the Union Government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi was open to talks to ensure State’s progress and assured future for its youth.
“Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik may have some grudge against him for some developments. But he should not, in the process, spoil the future of the Odia youth,” Mr.Pradhan added.
He said the project has been delayed due to unforeseen situations and IOCL had no control over those situations.“Cyclone and law and order situations delayed the project,” he said.
Referring to the delay in the construction of canals of Rengali irrigation project, he asked why no water flows in the left and right canals of the project for which the State Government borrowed money from International financial institutions.“Who is responsible for this delay,” he asked.
Meanwhile, BJP General Secretary Bhrigu Buxipatra slammed Dr. Rout for his caustic remarks and said, “Odisha is nobody’s paternal property. If anyone tries to play with the growth and sentiment of Odias, his party will give a befitting reply.