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Odisha: BJD split wide open, Mohapatra attacks Patnaik


Jajati Karan,CNN-IBN
Jun 05, 2012 at 08:30am IST

Bhubaneswar: After a failed rebellion attempt by BJD MP Pyari Mohan Mohapatra against the Naveen Patnaik government in Odisha - leading to his suspension from the party - the Naveen-Pyari war is now leading to the illegal money generated from the mining scam in the state.

A whopping sum of Rs 200 crore was generated to fund Mohapatra's rebellion against Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. Tribal MLA Sarada Prasad Nayak who had attended the coup meeting also revealed that two key BJD ministers were involved in the fund mobilisation against Patnaik who was away in the UK. On Monday, Patnaik sacked one of the two ministers.

Barely hours after the minister was sacked, Pyari Mohan Mohapatra rubbished the allegations and dared Patnaik to call for a CBI probe. Adding to the CM's embarrassment, the dissident BJD MP also claimed that despite repeated requests, Patnaik didn't consent to probe politicians in the mining scam.

"I said the vigilance is after the small officials in the mining scam why you are not taking action against the politicians, he did not respond,” Mohapatra said.

There are allegations of a Rs 3 lakh crore mining scam in the past decade alone. A verdict on whether a CBI inquiry should be allowed in the scam is still reserved in the Odisha High Court. Though the CM himself did not react to Mohapatra's allegation, the party vice president refuted all allegations. Even as the BJD deals with its own political infighting, it's evident that the mining scam has embarrassed the Patnaik government in ways more than one.

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