28 January, Bhubaneswar
The Odisha unit of the BJP Thursday threatened that it would pull down all posters carrying the photograph of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in various central and state schemes if the BJD continued to protest the photograph of Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan in the IOCL poster on dedication of Paradip Oil Refinery.
As many as 30 vehicles carrying poster of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan are now moving in the districts of the state inviting people to join the dedication of country’s largest and most modern Paradip Oil Refinery by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 7.
The ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) is opposing the photograph of Pradhan along with the Prime Minister in the poster saying it was a clear violation of the Supreme Court guidelines. One of the publicity vehicle was detained by the Jagainshpur district administration and let off only after advising the IOCL officials not to use the photograph of Pradhan in the poster.BJP state unit vice president Prithiviraj Harichandan today described the criticism of the BJD as political intolerance and lack of political courtesy.
Harichandan said the poster was not an advertisement to promote any political party but an invitation to the people to link the common people with the development process.
He condemned the BJD for its opposition and said instead of congratulating Modi and Mr Pradhan for the refinery the ruling party in the state was criticising.
The BJP leader said the state government has made many publicity materials in various central and state sponsored projects like Food Security Act, Niramaya Yojana and Aahar scheme with the photographs of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik with the government money.
He said the state government was worried and frustrated after the BJP recently exposed the BJD government’s posters campaign taking all credit of central sponsored schemes by projecting Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.