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BJD Shields Naveen Image

Bhubaneswar : Well aware of the fact that Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s “clean image” as its USP in the Odisha’s Electoral Spectrum, Governing BJD today said the party would not allow any attempt to tarnish the Chief Minister’s image.The Regional Political Party also decided to fight against the Central Negligence and negative attitude towards the state.BJD General Secretary (Organization) and Jajpur Lawmaker Pranab Prakash Das nee Bobby, said that the regional outfit would not allow any attempt to tarnish the clean image of Mr.Patnaik. 

He was addressing the BJD’s Executive Committee Meeting held here on 20 December.Mr.Das, who is considered as Number Two after Mr.Patnaik in the regional outfit, said this in obvious reference to the recent arrest of Gopalpur MLA Pradeep Panigrahi on charge of cheating and fraud. 

He was accused of indulging in “Anti-People” activities.Dr.Panigrahi, who was once an aide of the Chief Minister, had also worked as his representative in Hinjili Assembly segment and served as a Minister. The party expelled him from the BJD following his alleged involvement in the job scam.His arrest and expulsion from BJD, apparently gave a tool to grind the ruling party.  

This apart, Mr.Das also asked the party rank and file to take Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s good works to the door step of each person in the state.Mr.Patnaik’s clean image is the party’s USP (Unique Selling Proposition) of the BJD, which has won five consecutive general elections under the Chief Minister’s leadership.As many as nine political resolutions were passed in the crucial meeting ahead of the party’s 24th Foundation Day scheduled to be observed on December 26.BJD’s Senior Vice President and Lawmaker Debi Prasad Mishra said a total of nine resolutions were passed in the meeting.

One of the important resolution was to demand 33 per cent reservation for women both in Assembly and Parliament as well as protection of Odisha’s rich culture and heritage.He said the Government led by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has been emphasizing protection of Odish’a language, culture and tradition.

The Chief Minister has taken all responsibilities for growth of the Odia language, Mr.Mishra told reporters after the meeting.The regional outfit in one of its resolutions said that the inclusive development of farmers has always been a key focus for the BJD government in the state. “Our party is with farmers on MSP issue and we will continue our fight for the same as per the Swaminathan Committee Recommendation,” Mr.Mishra said.While attending the meeting, many leaders opined that the Centre’s negative attitude towards Odisha and negligence have come has hurdles before the development of the state. 

However, the State has successfully overcome all hurdles due to effective and visionary leadership of Mr.Patnaik, they said.Though the State is being frequently hit by natural calamities like cyclones and floods, Odisha successfully handles all such disasters due to effective  management by the Chief Minister, they said.The party also passed a resolution to ensure development of the people belonging to scheduled tribe, scheduled caste, minority and other backward classes.As many as 80 members of the State Executive attended the meeting held at the State BJD Headquarters here while Party Supremo Mr.Patnaik joined the session through virtual mode.