From writing umpteen letters to Prime Ministers to appealing in the SC, the BJD is keen to show that it is the only party which is fighting for the state — so what if its own leaders have little clarity on the issue.
In his letter of resignation to Naveen Patnaik, Singh alleged that the party was not giving importance to him.
The MLA denied the allegation and claimed innocence over the matter.
In March this year, the MP won many young fans with a social media conversation in which he not only admitted having smoked pot when younger but also told youngsters how to get it in his state.
With panchayat polls less than a year away, BJD leaders are acutely aware that their steadfast denial of the realities of farm distress in rural Odisha would cost them at the hustings.
Patnaik, who had not uttered anything against the Narendra Modi government for the past one year, slammed the Centre on Friday for “neglecting” the state.
Sources said the letter seeking withdrawal of NDA’s bill given by TMC also mentions that the state Assembly has already passed a resolution against the measure.
Mahtab said the party would also insist on making it mandatory for profit making projects to give share to gram panchayats.
Biju Janata Dal has 20 members in the Lok Sabha and seven members in the Rajya Sabha.
BJD leaders deny bribery charge.
This is the third successive win for Biju Janata Dal in civic polls in last 2 years.
The BJD walked out of the Lok Sabha during voting on the land bill, seen as part of a strategy to help the BJP through.
BJD leaders alleged that Orissa’s demands have been completely ignored in the budget.
CBI sources said Jena headed the Supratik Group, which took term loan of Rs 18 crore from the Seashore Group in 2010.
Twenty-eight Maoists were killed, 158 arrested and 142 surrendered in first seven months of the 2014.