Dubbing Naveen Patnaik dispensation in Orissa as a government for industrialists and a sinner for handing over Lord Jagannaths land to Vedanta,Congress today accused it of misapporiating crores of central fund meant for the welfare of people.
A series of allegations were made against the ruling BJD and its chief Naveen Patnaik here at the Maha Samabesh organised by Orissa Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC).
Patnaik is working for the interest of Vedanta and other industries and not for poor tribals,dalits and OBCs, union minister and AICC General Secretary,V Narayan Sami told the rally.
Branding Patnaik as a lier, he accused him of launching a false campaign against the UPA government at the Centre over grant of central fund to the state.
Naveen is a Papi (sinner) as he handed over Lord Jagannaths land to a private company. It is by the blessings of the Lord that Orissa High Court saved the land from being misutilised by Vedanta, Sami said. The November-16 verdict by the High Court had exposed the state governments sin,he said.
Other Congress leaders including OPCC President K P Singhdeo,former Chief Ministers Hemananda Biswal and Giridhar Gamang and party MP Pradip Kumar Majhi also flayed the government for giving Lord Jagannaths land to Anil Agarwal Foundadtion (AAF) for the proposed Vedanta University in Puri district.