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BJP accuses BJD of "misutilising" public money

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

Opposition today accused the BJD in of "misutilising" tax-payers' money for publicity of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, under the pretext of celebrating Children's Day.

The saffron party leaders held a dharna near state headquarters here, when Patnaik was addressing school students on the occasion of Children's Day.

The also launched a website for children to highlight the "failures" of the state during its 17-year rule.

"The state's BJD has been misusing tax-payers' money to gain political mileage for chief minister Naveen Patnaik," BJP state general secretary P Harichandan alleged.

The party also criticised Patnaik's mode of addressing children earlier in the day.

"The chief minister used a teleprompter to address the students in Odia language. If he (Patnaik) reads out a 20-page Odia language book in front of the media, we will give a prize of Rs 1 lakh to Patnaik," an official statement released by the state BJP, said.

Taking a jibe at him, BJP vice-president Sameer Mohanty said, "How could suddenly develop love for children after 17 years of rule? The hidden reason is publicity using public money."

Mohanty further alleged that the state government spent about Rs 200 crore from the state exchequer for Children's Day celebrations.

The ruling BJD, however, rejected the allegations made by the Opposition party.

"The state government doesn't need the permission from BJP to undertake any expenditure for children," said BJD spokesman Samir Dash.

"If the CM wants to give students a message on Children's Day, the BJP should be happy. Why it is getting so intolerant?" Dash wondered.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, November 14 2017. 20:22 IST