Bhubaneswar: Dubbing performance of
ruling BJD in Orissa as "dismal and shameful", Congress leader
and AICC`s Orissa in-charge Jagdish Tytler on Tuesday posed seven
new questions and threw a challenge to Chief Minister Naveen
Patnaik for an open debate.
"Around two months ago, I had posed seven questions on
misgovernance and corruption during BJD rule. Since the
questions still remain unanswered, charges against Naveen
government are proved," Tytler told reporters here.
Claiming that BJD leaders were rattled by his visits
to Orissa and charges levelled against the state government,
Tytler said there was a desperate bid to discredit him by
raising issues relating to 1984 anti-Sikh riots, his visit to
Lord Jagannath temple and linking him with Hasan Ali.
"Instead of trying to steer clear of charges himself,
a nervous Naveen engaged a couple of party leaders and
ministers to discredit me," the former union minister said.
"After proving that the charges against me are
baseless and false and vindicating my visit to Jagannath
temple at Puri being a devout Hindu, I want to pose seven new
questions to the BJD about its misrule and inefficiency," he
"Now I challenge ... I want an open public debate with
the chief minister on all issues including 1984 riots," Tytler
said adding Patnaik should also answer the seven new questions
to prove wrong the charges of corruption, inefficiency and
misrule against the BJD government.
Listing his questions, the Congress leader said Naveen
government is misleading the people saying the Centre is not
giving money, but the truth is that under UPA rule, per capita
loan increased from Rs 5704.04 crore in 2001 to Rs 12479.29
crore. "Why is this man lying to the people," he asked.
Similarly, for improvement of sewerage system, the
centre gave Rs 754.23 crore but Orissa government failed to
spend half of it, he said.
Under Sarva Siksha Abhiyan (SSA), Orissa government
could not use money sent by the Centre, Tytler said adding Rs
26880.97 crore was provided to the state in 2007-09, while Rs
20517 crore given in 2008-09 and Rs 258789.88 crore in
The BJD government should be ashamed for its dismal
performance as the children were suffering so much even when
the Centre was giving so much funds, he said.
Turning to National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme
(NREGS), the Congress leader said Orissa government had failed
to use Rs 475.45 crore in 2008-09, Rs 43.88 crore in 2009-10
and Rs 508.46 crore in 2010-11.
The Naveen Patnaik government was also unable to use
Rs 235.39 crore of the funds provided under National Rural
Health Mission (NRHM) in 2008-09 while Rs 81.32 crore remained
unused in 2009-10, Tytler said.
Under Rajiv Gandhi Vidyutikaran Yojana the state
government failed to spend Rs 422.71 crore in 2008-09 and Rs
953.69 crore in 2009-10, he said.
Tytler said 7022 schools in Orissa are being run by
7022 teachers, one teacher running one school. "It is just
because of the inefficiency of the state government," he said
adding 12,714 villages in Orissa have no school.
A "chargesheet" detailing corruption, inefficiency and
misgovernance during the BJD rule would soon be released and
presented to the President, he said, dismissing a similar
document released by BJP recently as "meaningless" as the
saffron party was BJD`s "partner" for nine long years.
Congress would also launch a "hisab do campaign"
across Orissa in order to expose the BJD government which must
exlain as to where huge funds provided by the Centre for
various schemes were being used, he said.