Purohit Slams Government

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today slammed the BJD Government alleging delay in land allotment for setting up of an ethanol plant in Bargarh district.

Saffron Lawmaker, Pradip Purohit said at a Media Meet  that a conspiracy is being hatched by Minister, Labour and ESI,  Sushant Singh to delay the project due to ‘vested interests’.

Mr.Purohit alleged, “Minister Sushant Singh is creating hurdles in establishment of the proposed plant by Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) at Baulsingha in Bargarh. Even Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is keeping mum on the issue as Singh is one of his trusted men in the party.”

He urged the Chief Minister to allot the required land for the project for the development of the region in the interest of the people of Odisha.
Mr.Purohit said farmers in the district will reap huge benefits once the project is set up.

The farmers can sell straw and agriculture residue to the plant and earn huge money. This will help in economic development of western Odisha in general and the area in particular,” BJP Leader pointed out.

Mr.Purohit alleged that the land allotment is not being made despite identification by both the State Government and Bharat Petroleum & Chemicals Limited (BPCL).

Alleging that Mr.Singh was behind the conspiracy, he said, “The State Government should not hit the farmers in the district below the belt just for the sake of opposing Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.”

The MLA said, “People of the State and Bargarh district will not excuse Minister Sushant Singh for his actions,” he added.   

However, the Minister refuted the allegations saying, “ It has become a habit of the BJP to bring in baseless and false allegations; it is targeting me now as the Bijepur by-poll is on the cards.”

“Prove the allegations and I will take retirement from politics,” Mr.Singh dared Purohit.

Notably, Mr.Pradhan had written to the CM recently in this reagard and sought his assistance for setting up the Rs 750-crore ethanol plant in Bargarh district as part of measures to promote eco-friendly alternative fuel.

It is worth mentioning that even after lapse of almost one year, land allotment for the project is yet to be done. However, BPCL has already appointed Project Management Consultant for early commencement of developmental activities at the site.

The BPCL had urged the State Government through the Industrial Promotion and Investment Corporation of Odisha (IPICOL) for allocation of land in way back in November 2016.

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