**Bhubaneswar: ** Soon after Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan flung three questions on BJD supremo and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today, the ruling party fired back salvos of nine questions on BJP’s Odisha unit poster boy.
Convening a press meet, BJD’s nine questions were posed on the “Criminal and Corruption Links of Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan”.
The 9 questions were lobbed by BJD spokespersons Sasmit Patra, Lenin Mohanty and Sulochana Das.
**1. ** In the Vyapam Scam, the main culprit was Sudhir Sharma. In the IT documents seized for investigation, it was revealed that Sudhir Sharma had given flight tickets to Dharmendra Pradhan. The matter was also raised in the Parliament and resignation demands were made. However, Union Minister Pradhan has never said that he has not taken night tickets from Sudhir Sharma. He has said he does not know who did his night tickets. What is the link between Sudhir Sharma and Dharmendra Pradhan?
**2.** In 2014, former Union Coal Secretary P.C. Parakh in his memoir “Crusader or Conspirator? Coalgate and Other Truths” wrote that he was disgusted with the behaviour of Dharmendra Pradhan which was insulting and offered to quit in August that year.” After e-auction notification was issued in Mahanadi CoalFields, Pradhan approached him for sale of coal to some non-core consumers at notified price. Mr Parakh informed that no exception would be made once a notification was issued for sale of coal through e-auction. Dharmendra was not happy. E-auction had seriously reduced the flow of black money in the coal belt. In early August, 2005, Dharmendra at a Consultative Committee meet in early August got nasty and made extremely insulting and derogatory remarks against Parakh.
**3. ** Two petrol pumps were provided to gangster Tito by Dharmendra Pradhan. What is the relationship of Dharmendra Pradhan with a gangster like Tito? What happened to the CBI inquiry ordered by Dharmendra in this matter?
**4.** LPG Cylinder Black Marketing by the brother of Dharmendra Pradhan — Cases have been filed and as Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has not made any enquiry from his Ministry so far. This shows that he is providing protection and conniving with his brother for black marketing of the LPG cylinders by him.
**5. ** Bijepur elections violence against BJD — There was an attack against brother of Minister Susant Singh by BP leaders and cadre. In this attack one BJD party worker was killed. Some of BJP leaders and workers were arrested and in jail. After Dharmendra said that dangerous situation would happen in Bijepur, this was orchestrated, which shows his involvement.
**6.** Attack on Hon’ble CM by BJP party cadre — There was an attack on Hon’ble CM by BJP party cadre during a rally in Bijepur elections. What role did Dharmendra play?
**7. ** Threats to Bijepur Petrol Pump Owner — There was direct complaint by Gati Krushna Mishra, a Petrol Pump owner in Bijepur by Dharmendra who came to his Petrol Pump during the election period and threatened that if he did not support BJP, he would seal the petrol pump. The next day the petrol pump was sealed.
**8. ** D- Brothers meeting and hailing them as Baimundi of Odisha shows the criminal nexus of Dharmendra Pradhan.
**9. ** Chattrapur Laxmidatt Murder Case — The people Dharmendra Pradhan had welcomed to the BJP were the alleged killers who were arrested In Uttarkhand. Which Union Minister had booked the Guest House in Uttarakhand? What role did Dharmendra Pradhan play, till now it is not denied by Mr Pradhan? What is the link of Dharmendra Pradhan in Laxmidatt murder case? He should specify.
Earlier in the day, Dharmendra Pradhan in a press meet at the BJP State Headquarters here had posed his three questions on BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik.
He questioned, “Who is the Daga? Didn’t CBI grill you (Naveen Patnaik) on November 25, 2017? Why haven’t you mentioned it in your affidavit?”
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