Bhubaneswar: Jan 3; A day after creating a furore alleging CBI slowdown in chit fund scam investigations, which has helped BJD, Union Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram launched a damage control exercise saying he referred to the public perception about the matter.
Claiming that his statement was misinterpreted, Oram said he did not speak about any deal between the BJD and BJP. "I said there is a public perception about CBI going slow on investigation into the chit fund scam," he said.
Stating that there is no deal between the BJD and BJP as alleged by the Congress, the Union Minister said the BJD is supporting the Centre and opposing it on different occasions.
BJP State president KV Singhdeo said CBI is investigating into the chit fund scam on the direction of the Supreme Court and the Centre has no role to play in it. Union Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan also maintained that CBI is an autonomous organisation and is doing its job independently.
"The Centre let them (BJD Government) off the hook in scams. Otherwise, the State Government would have been finished by the CBI," Oram had said.
Meanwhile, Congress on Saturday said its claim about a deal between the BJD and BJP has been proved true by Oram's statement. "I have been saying for long that there is a deal between the BJD and BJP. Now, Union Minister Jual Oram has admitted it," Leader of the Opposition Narasingh Mishra said.
"The deal between Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Prime Minister Narendra Modi is that BJD will support the NDA Government in Rajya Sabha and the Centre in return will let off BJD leaders from CBI's net in regard to the chit fund and mining scams," Mishra said.
AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi while addressing the farmers' rally in Bargarh district on September 10, 2015 had raked up the issue of CBI allegedly going slow in the chit fund scam probe and hinted at such a deal.