Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik will not attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi's official programme during his one-day tour to the state Tuesday as he would be busy in state government programmes, official sources said.
Modi will also dedicate Multi-Modal Logistics Park (MMLP) in Jharsuguda and new Railway Line to be inaugurated between Balangir-Bichupali.
After attending the official programme, Modi is expected to address a public rally at Patharachepa ground in Bolangir at 11.45 am.
However, Patnaik will not be able to attend such function as he will remain busy at the state government's "Krushi Odisha" programme.
Patnaik to address the farmers at the meeting.
However, sources in the chief minister's office said, one minister may be deputed to attend the prime minister's official programme.
Last time when Modi visited Baripada in north Odisha on January 5, Patnaik was not present there as he attended an official programme at Puri. Odisha'a Steel and Mines Minister Prafulla Mallick represented the state at the PM's function.
Ahead of the general elections, both the leaders have been attacking each other's government, though Modi did not take the name of ruling BJD or Patnaik in his speeches in those programmes.
Modi, however, on his public meetings at Jharsuguda and Talcher on September 22, 2018, had criticised Patnaik and his government.
Opposition Congress has alleged that Modi has been maintaining soft attitude towards Patnaik and his party, particularly after BJP's defeat in three states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattishgarh.
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