Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik appears to have emerged because the Teflon chief in Odisha. Apparently having a agency perception within the in style saying, “Design” is the silent ambassador of your model”, Naveen ‘designed’ a distinct segment model for himself. After assuming the mantle of Odisha in 2000, the period when corruption was at its zenith within the State, he began his cameo political function within the State by harping on the twisted well-known ad-line of a detergent model – “BJD supremo ko daag ache nahin lagte” ( BJD chief won’t tolerate corruption).
And Naveen started his reign in type. For the primary time in political historical past, Odisha noticed how within the blink of a watch, ministers have been proven the door even on the slightest murmur of corruption. And thereafter, Naveen earned the sobriquet of ‘Mr. Clear’ of Odisha.
However the supreme irony for CM Naveen Patnaik is, regardless of throwing ministers beneath corruption shadows like paper rockets, his over 2-decade lengthy rule have seen scams in galore. After donning the Mr Clear mantle, he lorded over the scandals that lined the entire gamut of the administration – from Salt to Dal and from Mining to Chit fund. And the most recent within the scandal saga has been the Pathak-Panigrahi sleaze present.
Stung by his as soon as shut affiliate, Pradeep Panigrahi, getting mired in grave corruption expenses, Naveen, like his earlier public postures, expelled the Gopalpur legislator from the social gathering for what the BJD known as ‘anti –individuals exercise’. Eyebrows have been raised when the State Vigilance gave the luscious particulars of Pathak – Panigrahi sleaze act.
Opposition took pot-shots at Mr Clear. “How can the Chief Minister declare himself Mr Clear when such large-scale plunder was taking place proper beneath his nostril. The individuals of Odisha know very properly. Has anybody seen the probe outcomes of Dal rip-off, chit fund rip-off et al?,” requested Odisha State Congress President Niranjan Patnaik.
State BJP chief Prithviraj Harichadan questioned, “How the Naveen Patnaik authorities couldn’t sniff the massive–scale embezzlement of public cash? Issues moved solely when the previous BJD legislator fell out with the powers that be within the social gathering. In any other case each element was in public glare.”
Realising the injury to his model picture, and to infuse life in considerably sullen BJD cadres after a collection of controversies like Nayagarh minor lady homicide to PPE rip-off or the paddy procurement mess, the Mr Clear CM rolled out one other anti- corruption vitality capsule.
Naveen introduced: henceforth – all – from Sarpanch to Mukhyamantri and from clerks to Chief Secretary – need to file their Annual Property Returns (APRs). The APRs will likely be submitted to State Lokayukta.
Asserting this in his handle on the BJD’s state government council, Naveen Mentioned, “Corruption is the largest enemy of improvement. Our authorities is concentrated on transparency. The state has already launched a combat towards poverty, ailments, regional disparity, inequality and pure disasters. Combat towards corruption will toughen our combat towards all ills of society – inequality, poverty or injustice. Odisha would be the first state to provoke such a step to examine corruption.”
All mentioned and finished. The sleaze acts and Naveen’s prescriptions however, the actual fact is the tumbling out of such an extended checklist of skeletons in his authorities’s cabinet clearly does present that corruption has blossomed proper beneath his nostril. And, however CM Patnaik’s public posture of zero tolerance to corruption, simply the other had occurred.
Right here once more the Opposition appears not bemused with Naveen’s optics on corruption. “That is CM Naveen Patnaik’s one other publicity stunt. BJD doesn’t have the intent to combat corruption. The 20-year rule is riddled with many scams,” charged BJP chief Lekhashree Samantsinghar.
Unfazed by Opposition assault, BJD spokeperson Pratap Deb mentioned, “Opposition has the behavior of attacking Naveen Patnaik. In CM’s rule, regulation at all times has taken its personal course. Folks of Odisha very properly know the way the sooner governments dominated the State. Folks have religion on Naveen Patnaik.”
Corruption Bomb Ticking In Naveen Rule?
A actuality examine bares all of it. Since 2001, the State witnessed a litany of scandals. What was the end result?
Rs 2 crore salt rip-off was the primary to hit the Naveen Patnaik authorities in 2001. The then minister Kamala Das was sacked. In 2010, she was convicted.
By the way, a yr after her conviction, Dal Rip-off rocked Naveen Patnaik authorities in 2011. And the corruption quantity ballooned to a whopping Rs 700 crore. Then minister Pramila Mallick was requested to resign. A decade has gone, the conviction is but to occur. The sacked minister, Pramilla Mallick, MLA from Binjharpur, holds many essential positions within the BJD.
In 2012, Odisha unearthed one other mega rip-off – the mining rip-off. And the quantity concerned has grown to Rs 59, 203 crore. The Shah Fee throughout a press meet in 2012 had very categorically said that highly effective politicians and bureaucrats have been concerned. No roll out of heads until date.
In 2014, the State was hit by the Chit Fund rip-off. The quantity concerned was Rs 578 crore. Many essential BJD ministers and leaders’ names tumbled out. BJD MLA Pravat Tripathy and Pravat Biswal have been arrested by CBI. Naveen Patnaik suspended Tripathy from BJD. However in 2017, the suspension was revoked. And Pravat Biswal’s son was given MLA ticket to combat the polls in 2019. The State is but see any concrete motion.
In 2020, the job rip-off surfaced. State Vigilance went into motion mode. Naveen once more suspended Gopalpur legislator Pradeep Panigrahi. And the saga continues.