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BJD MP gets furious at media during tribute programme

Statesman News Service | Sambalpur |

Ruling BJD MP Nagendra Pradhan lost his cool with media persons here on Wednesday at a function organised to pay tributes to legendary freedom fighter Veer Surendra Sai. The MP was angry over television channel reporters seeking the byte of the district collector wo was at the function and only then turning to the MP for his byte.

Pradhan shouted at the media persons saying they were defying protocol in recording the byte of the collector ahead of the MP. He demanded an apology from the media persons. A bureaucrat is one who executes the policy and direction of the elected representatives, is the Chief Secretary above the CM? He asked angrily.

Why do you accord such priority and importance to bureaucrats, he questioned while refusing to give a sound byte until the TV personnel apologised to him. Mr Pradhan and the MLA Dr Raseswari Panigrahi took part in different functions on the occasion of Veer Surendra Sai and Netaji Subash Chandra Bose.

At the birth place at Khinda Mr Pradhan said that he would demand before the government of India to install the statue of this freedom fighter in the premises of the parliament. “I will also request the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to make similar demand before centre since all the governments in centre have been neglecting the freedom fighters of Odisha,” Mr Pradhan said