Patnaik questions grant of funds for UP, Bihar ahead of Prez poll

Bhubaneswar: Hitting out at UPA's presidential candidate Pranab Mukherjee for providing financial packages to West Bengal, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today sought to know the motive behind doling out hefty funds to these states.

During his tenure as the Finance Minister, Mukherjee had doled out lakhs of crore of rupees to West Bengal, Bihar and UP, Patnaik told reporters on his return here from a five-day visit to Delhi.

Patnaik has questioned the timing of the financial packages being granted. PTI

"People have the right to know as to why these hefty financial packages were provided to these states as large amounts of public money was involved," said the BJD supremo, who had accompanied opposition presidential candidate PA Sangma during filing of his nomination in Delhi.

Though there is no objection to financial packages given to these states one needs to know the intention and motive behind it, Patnaik said adding, "Was it provided keeping in mind the ensuing Presidential polls?"

Patnaik's remarks came hours after he and Sangma were accused by Congress of violating the Constitution by trying to influence the voters using tribal and religion card.

Describing Sangma as a prominent tribal leader, the Odisha Chief Minister said the former Lok Sabha Speaker's prospects in the race for the top post were getting stronger.

Stating that presidential election was significant, he said probity, integrity and honesty should be given importance.

To a query, the BJD supremo said his party would have no alliance with BJP or Congress in future.


Updated Date: Jul 02, 2012 09:45 AM

Also See