V. Okay. Pandian, Odisha CM’s non-public secretary, attacked with ink

V. K Pandian (extreme right) private secretary to Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik, was attacked with ink in Puri district on Saturday.

V. Okay Pandian (excessive proper) non-public secretary to Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik, was attacked with ink in Puri district on Saturday.
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Ink was thrown at V. Okay. Pandian, influential bureaucrat and personal secretary to Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, throughout his tour to Puri district on Saturday.

Puri Collector Samarth Verma, who was accompanying Mr. Pandian, additionally acquired ink stains on the campus of UGS School, Satyabadi, about 20 km from district headquarter city of Puri.

The youth, who was accused of throwing the ink, was whisked away from the spot by police personnel. He was recognized as Bhaskar Sahu of Kanas space of Puri district. Mr. Pandian was interacting with members of Self Assist Teams when the assault happened. He continued his public interplay programme with ink marks on face.

Umakant Samantray, Biju Janata Dal MLA of Satyabadi, claimed the attacker was a frontline employee of Bharatiya Janata Celebration and the ink assault was a manifestation of dire desperation on the a part of BJP, which was progressively dropping hope for a very good present within the subsequent elections.

Up to now few months, Mr. Pandian has been shifting with heavy safety preparations and flying down from Bhubaneswar to completely different districts to overview growth programmes and acquire grievance instantly from individuals.

Opposition events termed the excursions by an IAS officer, who is seemingly vested with enormous energy, as subversion authority of an elected authorities.

“We condemn the ink assault. However discontentment amongst individuals was rising towards Mr. Pandian who workouts monumental energy in Odisha. The MPs and MLAs of Biju Janata Dal have simply turn out to be non-entities within the State politics,” stated Sajjan Sharma, a senior BJP chief.

In a fiery editorial on Friday, Soumya Ranjan Patnaik, a BJD MLA and editor of Sambad, a number one Odia newspaper, questioned the authority vested with Mr. Pandian and requested, “Who holds increased authority – minister or a secretary”? Mr. Patnaik additionally hit out that BJD MPs and MLA have diminished themselves to extraordinary staff leaving the IAS officer to take the centerstage in every assembly organised within the districts.

For nearly a decade now, Mr. Pandian has been thought of an influence centre in Odisha politics as he’s the closest bureaucrat to Odisha CM. He’s current in virtually all main conferences attended by Odisha CM. He has been appointed as secretary of the 5T (Workforce work, know-how, transparency, transformation and time restrict) initiative. The official place of secretary to 5T initiative gave him overarching energy to overview and monitor each programme throughout departments.

Whereas virtually all BJD MPs and MLAs take utmost care to not share the stage with Mr. Pandian, Gopalpur MLA and former minister Pradeep Kumar Panigrahi, who was expelled from BJD on the cost of anti-people actions, has just lately threatened to stay current on the venue the place the non-public secretary to CM would maintain a gathering in his constituency.

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