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Cong accuses Advani of being silent on scams in Orissa

Congress on Monday came down heavily on BJP leader LK Advani for maintaining "silence" over alleged scandals and scams in Orissa.

Updated: Oct 24, 2011, 20:11 PM IST

Bhubaneswar: Congress on Monday came down heavily on BJP leader LK Advani for maintaining "silence" over alleged scandals and scams in Orissa while targeting only the Centre on corruption.

"If Advani really means to fight corruption, why is he
silent over a series of scams and corrupt practices in Naveen
Patnaik government," Orissa Pradesh Congress Committee chief
Niranjan Patnaik asked while talking to reporters.

"How does a leader of Advani`s stature close his eyes when
it comes to corruption in Orissa," Patnaik asked, terming as
"farce" Advani`s Yatra against corruption.

Claiming that Advani`s Yatra had no impact on the people
of the state as the BJP leader was using separate parameters
to judge corruption, Patnaik said, "A corruption is a
corruption."

"But corruption committed by Naveen Patnaik government is
honesty for Advani," the Congress leader said, asking people
to judge the intention behind Advani`s yatra.

Defending his silence on Naveen Patnaik government, Advani
had earlier said, "Till yesterday BJP and BJD were allies but
all of a sudden it was broken. However, when the issue of
corruption comes, I perceive that my state unit (in Orissa) is
unsparing against the government."

"There are scams in the implementation of MGNREGA, supply
of pulses for pregnant women and school children, mining
scandal, coal scam, water to industries scam and many others,"
Patnaik alleged, adding he was unable to understand as to how
so many financial irregularities in Orissa were not being
described as corruption.

On allegation of discrimination by the Centre made by
Advani, Patnaik asked the BJP leader to look at the volume of
assistance given to Orissa during the then NDA government and
the present UPA government.

On speculation over revival of the alliance between BJD
and BJP, the OPCC chief said it would not be surprising if the
saffron party again "surrenders" before BJD.

"BJP has no ideology. They can do anything to return to
power," Patnaik said, adding the ruling BJD too was frightened
of the growth of Congress in the state. Therefore, he said,
both could again come together.

PTI