Bhubaneswar: Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan today targeted Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for tarnishing the image of Ganjam by giving patronage to criminal elements and liquor mafia.
Pradhan alleged that two senior BJD leaders – Bikram Arukh and Pradip Panigrahi – who are working as the right and left hand of the Chief Minister are involved in several heinous crimes, including chit fund scams.
“Chief Minister Naveen babu has no control over himself. He is responsible for tarnishing the image of Ganjam. He has handed over the State to mining mafia Prabhakaran,” Pradhan told reporters.
The senior BJP leader’s response came a day after BJD president and CM Naveen Patnaik targets both BJP and Congress for conspiring to break the peace of Ganjam.
“The people of Ganjam are peace-loving. But it is matter of serious concern that both BJP and congress have conspired to break the peace of Ganjam,” said Patnaik at a public gathering at Dharakote in Ganjam district on Saturday.