Erstwhile royals have verbal duel in Orissa assembly

The Orissa assembly on Wednesday witnessed a verbal duel between nephew and uncle belonging to the BJP and BJD, both erstwhile royals.

Bhubaneswar: The Orissa assembly on Wednesday
witnessed a verbal duel between nephew and uncle belonging to
the BJP and BJD, both erstwhile royals.

The war of words sparked off when Planning and
Coordination minister A U Singhdeo began reading out a
statement while replying to a debate on an adjournment motion
on the Western Orissa Development Council (WODC).
Taking a dig at Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik a
schoolmate of Singhdeo, BJP legislature party leader K V
Singhdeo said "Like his schoolmate the chief minister, the
minister is reading out a speech prepared by somebody else
instead of speaking from the heart.

"There was a time when I used to look up to him
thinking that I will learn a lot. Now I am disillusioned," K V
Singhdeo, who is A U Singhdeo`s nephew said.

Praising A U Singhdeo`s father R N Singhdeo, a former
chief minister, K V Singhdeo suggested that the minister
follow in the footsteps of his father. "Act like your father.
He would have acted and amended the WODC Act to give it more
teeth."

Replying to his nephew, A U Singhdeo that his father,
who passed away barely a year after joining politics in 1974,
was his first political `guru`. "Then Bijubabu became my
political guru. I am very much like my father and I follow
in his footsteps."
To this K V Singhdeo retorted: "Both of then (R N
Singhdeo and Biju Patnaik) were tigers. Do not get cowed by
others. Speak from your heart and lead from the front."

Referring to Doon School which he attended, A U
Singhdeo said "Let`s not forget that it has produced great
people like Rajiv Gandhi, Dr Karan Singh, Captain Amrinder
Singh, Kamal Nath and many others. Do`nt decry Doon School. I
am sorry you are not part of it."

Both the treasury and the opposition benches remained
silent during the spat.

PTI

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