Bhubaneswar: Disappointed at the union
cabinet reshuffle, Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday
said it is unfortunate that the state failed to get
adequate representation in Manmohan Singh cabinet.
"It is sad. Whenever there is Congress-led government
at the Centre, Orissa does not get appropriate representation
in the union cabinet," Patnaik told reporters here.
It is unfortunate that Orissa has not a single cabinet
minister at the Centre where it has only one minister of
state, the BJD supremo said.
Voicing similar views, BJP`s Orissa unit President
Jual Oram said though Srikant Jena, the lone minister from the
state, was elevated to minister of state with independent
charge of Statistics and Programme Implementation, he has a
cabinet minister above him in Chemical and Fertiliser
"It is highly unfortunate and demonstrates Centre`s
negligence toward`s Orissa," he said.