Bhubaneswar: Intensifying its attack on
the BJD Government in Orissa over pulses scam, BJP on Wednesday
sought the Governor`s sanction to prosecute Chief Minister
Naveen Patnaik and demanded a wider probe into the supply of
pulses for children and pregnant women in all 30 districts.
Demanding immediate resignation of the Chief Minister,
a BJP delegation met Governor M C Bhandare and sought his
sanction for prosecution of Patnaik for supply of allegedly
substandard dal for mid-day meal and supplementary nutrition
"The chief minister should step down forthwith as dal
scam is a serious matter. The government played with the lives
of children and pregnant women by feeding them rotten and
contaminated pulses," state BJP President Jual Oram told
reporters after their meeting with the Governor.
In addition, the probe being conducted by the
vigilance department should be widened to cover purchase and
supply of dal for MDM and SNP (Supplementary Nutrition
Programme) in all the 30 districts of the state, he said.
Pointing out that the vigilance investigation at present
is confined to only five districts, Oram said the government
appeared to be reluctant to detect "irregularities" in other
Though Pramila Mallik resigned as Women and Child
Development Miniter in the wake of the scam, BJP has also been
demanding resignation of School and Mass Education Minister
Pratap Jena and Urban Development Minister Badri Narayan Patra
in connection with coal scam.
Expressing similar views, Leader of the Opposition
Bhupinder Singh accused the Naveen Patnaik government of
failing to take action in any of the scams that rocked the
state during the BJD rule.
No action was taken in mining scam and coal scandal
and now irregularities were detected in supply of pulses for
MDM scheme and SNP, he said.
Hitting back, senior BJD leader and Rajya Sabha member
Pyari Mohan Mohapatra said while opposition parties were
silent all these years, the scam was detected following a
complaint by a ruling party MLA.