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Anti-Modi campaign charge against Odisha CM PRO

Bhubaneswar, October 23, 2017: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s Public Relations Officer (PRO) Sukanta Panda has landed in a fresh controversy after he had posted pictures of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with derogatory remarks in social media groups WhatsApp.

On Sunday Panda had allegedly posted the pictures of Modi with derogatory remarks in a WhatApp group, created for journalists, drawing severe flak from State BJP leaders.

Angry over such conduct of a Government servant, a delegation of four BJP leaders on Monday met Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi here at the State Secretariat and submitted a memorandum to him demanding legal action against Panda.

Party State secretary Lekhashree Samantsinghar, spokesperson Golak Mohapatra, Sudipta Ray and advocate Pitambar Acharya, who recently joined the saffron camp, met the Chief Secretary.

“He (Sukanta Panda) has violated Conduct Rules 5 and 7, by posting derogatory remarks against Prime Minister and doing political work. We have asked Chief Secretary to take appropriate action against him and he too assured us of action,” said Pitambar Acharya.

In July last year, Panda had also landed in controversy after he added Himansu Kar alias Bapi, who was interrogated by the EOW and the Vigilance in connection with his involvement with Motilal Gouda, in the WhatsApp group he created for journalists to share the CM’s statements and vice versa.

Now question is being raised as to how a Government servant even being the CM’s PRO is continuously behaving like a political person thereby questioning the ‘clean image’ of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik directly or indirectly. 

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