Bhubaneswar, Oct 19: Senior Congress leader and Jatani MLA Suresh Routray today slammed former Kendrapara MP and BJP national vice-president Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda over the latter’s Pakistan remark.
“ India is a great country and the national flag is our pride. Odisha is great state, the ‘Paikas’ of the state have been keeping the greatness of the state since ages. Comparing Odisha with Pakistan is not right on the part of an educated people like Panda,” Routray said.
“He is an intellectual person. He might have said this in angry mode. It will be better if he apologies to the people of the state for his remark,” the Jatani MLA added.
” He may leave for Pakistan, if he loves the country so much”, said the Congress leader.
Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) national vice-president and former MP Baijayant Panda on Sunday landed himself in a controversy on the internet by allegedly comparing the law and order situation in Odisha with that of Pakistan.
Ruling BJD and other opposition party leaders came down heavily on Panda for his remark.