Senior Congress leader and former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Digvijay Singh alleged here on Friday that the BJD and the BJP have united and democracy is hardly seen prevalent in Odisha’s governance.
“Naveen Patnaik is with the BJP Government (at the Centre). The BJD is supporting the Union Government on every issue. It supported the Citizenship Amendment Bill in Parliament but ambiguously refused to implement the NRC,” said Singh at a Press meet here.
He said people’s representatives hardly rule the State now. “Ministers and MLAs have no accesses to the Chief Minister. The IAS officer, who has become the 5-T Secretary, is taking all the decisions,” he alleged.
To a question as to which party is Congress’ main rival, Singh said, “It is the BJP at the Centre and the BJP-BJD combine in Odisha.”
Hitting out at the NDA Government at the Centre, Singh, who is now Chairman of Parliamentary Committee on Urban Development, said, “There was no requirement of the CAA at all. The Government has enacted the law to avoid people’s attention towards price rise, unemployment and economic slowdown and its all other failures.”
Among others, party Odisha in-charge Jitendra Singh, PCC president Niranjan Patnaik, former Finance Minister Panchanan Kanungo and spokesperson Satyaprakash Nayak were present.