Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today ordered Vigilance Investigation into the sting operation aired on Kanak News Channel exposing four BJD Lawmakers demanding bribe for setting up of power plants in their respective constituencies.
Four BJD MLAs— Susant Kumar Behera (Chhendipada), Seemarani Nayak (Hindol), Anam Nayak (Bhawanipatna) and Bijay Kumar Nayak (Karanjia)— were exposed in a sting operation done by the leading TV Channel.
Hindol MLA Seemarani Nayak was exposed in the sting operation asking for a bribe of Rs 40 crore for helping to obtain NOC to set up an industry in Dhenkanal district. She demanded the bribe amount in two installments, while the agent negotiated for making it Rs 37 crore.
The Chhendipada MLA Sushant Kumar Behera was seen demanding Rs 8 crore to help setting up of a power plant in Angul. The Karanjia legislator Bijay Kumar Nayak allegedly demanded Rs 5 crore to help in setting up of a power unit in his constituency. Bhawanipatna MLA Anam Nayak was seen in the video demanding bribe amount of Rs 4 crore to set up a power plant in Kalahandi district.
The BJD Spokesperson Sashibhusan Behera told Media, “If the allegation against the four is found to be true, stringent action will be taken against them.
Shockingly, the issue has cropped up barely within 48 hours of the Chief Minister’s attempt to woo investors to Odisha at the Investors’ Meet in Bengaluru.
The Chief Minister had claimed promise of Rs 90,490 crore investment by Captains of Industry at the Meet.
The revelation has created flutter in State’s Politics with opposition BJP and Congress demanded arrest of the four MLAs, who were caught in the sting.
The BJD appeared embarrassed with the exposure which has come even before the outrage over a Kalahandi tribal carrying his wife’s body for 15 km after failing to get a hearse in Bhawanipatna District Headquarters Hospital has died down.
Youth Congress activists staged a demonstration at Master canteen square demanding arrest of the MLAs while in Angul party activist staged demonstrations denouncing the MLAs.
At Karanjia, BJP staged demonstration against the Local Lawmaker after the exposure.