BJP national secretary Suresh Pujari, on Wednesday criticised the “double standards” of Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik as far as corruption was concerned. The chief minister had dropped several of his ministers in the past on the grounds that they had come under a ‘shadow of corruption”, but since 2012, he had remained silent and not taken any action even when scams involving his party MLA&’s and ministers have come to the forefront including the latest sting operation on four of his MLA&’s, charged Pujari. 

Recalling that former ministers like Kamala Das, Nalinikanta Mohanty had been sacked by CM Naveen Patnaik during his first tenure even before any inquiry was conducted on the alleged corruption, Pujari said that now mega scams such as the mining scams, chit fund scam, land grab etc have taken place and several ruling BJD ministers and MLA&’s are alleged to be involved, yet the CM remains silent. It is a clear sign of weakness as he is scared of the ‘young brigade’ in his party, remarked the BJP leader. 

Referring to the latest sting operation on four BJD MLA&’s and the vigilance probe ordered by the CM, the BJP leader chided that had the same ‘cash for industry sting’ being conducted between 2000 to 2009, the CM would have perhaps sacked the MLA&’s. 

Today he has asked the vigilance which is directly under him to inquire and the difference is crystal clear to the people of Odisha, noted Pujari. 

Everybody in the state knows that the CM uses the crime branch and the vigilance to cover up cases and find an escape route. When the crime branch probed the ponzi scam, not a single politician was grilled or investigated but after the CBI took up the case several BJD leaders were interrogated and a few of them jailed, he pointed out. 

“The most unfortunate part of this incident is that people of the state will gradually lose their confidence on democratic system and also the public representatives, which will ultimately prove to be fatal for any democracy,” Pujari said.