Politics

BJP attacks Odisha minister over delay in land allotment for ethanol plant

Bhubaneswar: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday launched a scathing attack on the ruling BJD government over delay in establishment of an ethanol plant in Bargarh district.

Addressing a press meet at party headquarters here, the BJP's Paikmal MLA Pradeep Purohit alleged that a conspiracy is being hatched by Labour Minister Sushant Singh by creating hurdles in allotment of land for the project due to his vested interests.

'Minister Sushant Singh is creating obstacles in establishment of the proposed ethanol plant by Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) at Baulsingha in Bargarh,' alleged Purohit.

Even Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is keeping mum on the issue as Singh is one of his trusted men in the party, the BJP legislator added.

We request the Chief Minister to facilitate allotment of the required land for the project for larger benefit of the people of the state and development of the region, he concluded.

However, the BJD Minister refuted the allegations of the BJP and said that the party is imposing false allegations targeting him playing Bijepur by-poll card.

The BJP is habitual in imposing baseless and false allegations and it is targeting me now ahead of Bijepur by-poll, Sushant Singh said.

Notably, earlier, Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan had written to the CM 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.

AICC picks up Ram Khuntia, Sushila Tiriya in 34-member Steering Committee

Bhubaneswar: The All India Congress Committee (AICC) today picked up two prominent Congress leaders from Odisha-Ram Chandra Khuntia and Sushila Tiriya...

Aparajita Mohanty to join saffron fold

Bhubaneswar: Veteran Odia film actress Aparajita Mohanty will join the saffron fold on February 19, informed BJP spokesperson Pitambar Acharya today.M...

Odia actress Aparajita Mohanty resigns from Cong

Bhubaneswar: Veteran Odia actress Aparajita Mohanty on Tuesday resigned from the Congress party.She had joined the party on February 20, 2014 in prese...

Dharmendra must not be sidetracked on Ainthapali incident: BJD

Bhubaneswar: BJD spokesperson and Rajya Sabha member ridiculed Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan for making a statement on death of an accused in cust...