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‘CM spoke Odia from teleprompter’

| | BHUBANESWAR | in Bhubaneswar

The BJP on Tuesday slammed Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik saying that though he read out his Children’s Day statement in Odia from a teleprompter, he termed the language as the best one and advised people to promote it.

“The Chief Minister took pauses to read out a statement of 20 to 25 pages in Odia from a teleprompter. If he can read out the same without a teleprompter, we will give him an award of Rs 1 lakh,” said BJP State general secretary Prithviraj Harichandan.

Harichandan said while 44,000 teacher posts are lying vacant and 66 per cent schools have no adequate infrastructure, the Chief Minister has started playing cheap politics using innocent students.

Harichandan alleged that the Government spent Rs 200 crore from the State exchequer for holding the Children’s Day for self-promotion of the Chief Minister.

Earlier in the day, party leaders held a protest meeting against the failure of the State Government in implementation of Central schemes like MDM, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, Swachh Bharat and MGNREGA. The party also raised issues of lack of drinking water and deteriorating health service situation in the State.

Among others, former Minister Manmohan Samal, party secretaries Kalandi Samal, Dillip Mallick and Lekhashree Samantsinghar, spokespersons Sajjan Sharma, Sudipta Ray, Golak Mohapatra and Dillip Mohanty, Yuva Morcha national presidentThakur Ranjit Dash and Mahila Morcha State president Prabhati Parida were present.




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