Bhubaneswar: Dubbing Naveen Patnaik
dispensation in Orissa as a "government for industrialists"
and a "sinner" for handing over Lord Jagannath`s land to
Vedanta, Congress on Tuesday accused it of misappropriating crores of
central fund meant for the welfare of people.
A series of allegations were made against the ruling
BJD and its chief Naveen Patnaik here at the "Maha Samabesh"
organised by Orissa Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC).
"Patnaik is working for the interest of Vedanta and
other industries and not for poor tribals, dalits and OBCs,"
union minister and AICC General Secretary, V Narayan Sami told
Branding Patnaik as a "liar," he accused him of
launching a false campaign against the UPA government at the
Centre over grant of central fund to the state.
"Naveen is a `Papi` (sinner) as he handed over Lord
Jagannath`s land to a private company. It is by the blessings
of the Lord that Orissa High Court saved the land from being
misutilised by Vedanta," Sami said. The November-16 verdict
by the High Court had exposed the state government`s sin", he
Other Congress leaders including OPCC President K P
Singhdeo, former Chief Ministers Hemananda Biswal and Giridhar
Gamang and party MP Pradip Kumar Majhi also flayed the
government for giving Lord Jagannath`s land to Anil Agarwal
Foundadtion (AAF) for the proposed Vedanta University in Puri