Pradhan Rescues Panda

BJP leader and Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has finally come to the rescue of the suspended BJD MP Baijayant Panda.

With Mr.Panda family’s India Metal and Ferro-Alloys (IMFA) plant at Therubali, Rayagada, facing stiff opposition from tribals, which the industrial house calls as “sponsored’, Mr.Pradhan has urged noted industrialist and Chairman of Tata Trusts, Ratan Tata to impress upon Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to end the impasse.
Mr.Pradhan said the protests against IMFA plant will certainly affect the industrialisation and dissuade investors to set up their plants in the State, said Mr.Pradhan in a series of Tweets.
“The stand-off at Therubali has resulted in a lock-out in plant & has arisen out of State vendetta & misperceived short term gains. This shall send negative signals to industrialisation process & investor climate in the State apart from fomenting Left Wing extremism in Rayagada,” Mr.Pradhan said.
In his bid to protect IMFA, Union Minister Mr.Pradhan cited the protests where the Tata Motors was forced to quit Singur in 2008.
The production at the plant has been hit following the protests led by some tribals for a fortnight. The families of workers are now living in a state of panic following the unrest outside the plant.
As Ratan Tata is now in Odisha and his company signed an MoU with Odisha Government for a state-of-the-art cancer treatment and research hospital in Bhubaneswar on 6 May, Mr.Pradhan took the opportunity to urge the country’s leading industrialist to take up the matter with the Chief Minister.
“Shri @RNTata2000 is the doyen of industrialisation in India and his presence in the State shall boost the morale of the industrialists and entrepreneurs when Odisha is looking forward to massive investments in future,” Mr.Pradhan said in the tweeter post.
Meanwhile, office of MP Mr.Panda thanked Union Minister Mr.Pradhan and stated, “We hope Shri @RNTata2000 will take the lead to get normalcy back to the lives of thousands of people associated with the plant. Shutting down hospitals, schools and the plant is affecting the social & economic environment of the state. @CMO_Odisha . We appreciate @dpradhanbjp.”
Sources said Tata is unlikely to intervene in the matter as his company has a big interest in the state.
Therefore, Tata would not like to enter into the bad relationship between Mr.Patnaik and Mr.Panda.

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