Bhubaneswar: The Congress and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) on Thursday came down heavily on the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) for supporting the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), which was passed in the Parliament by the BJP-led NDA government on Wednesday.
Launching a scathing attack, AICC leader and former Odisha Congress in charge BK Hariprasad said the Union Home Minister Amit Shah might have blackmailed the BJD to support the CAB, failing which he would lay bare the mega chit fund scam case.
RJD leader Manoj Jha said that the BJP and BJD have done their best to fulfill the dream of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan.
BJD has been formed in the name of Biju Babu. Had the legendary leader been alive, he would have never allowed the Constitution to be sullied in this manner with the passing of the CAB in Parliament. “I don’t know what weakness Naveen Babu has for the BJP,” he pointed out.
In his reaction, BJD leader Sashi Bhusan Behera said there is no question of blackmailing his party, which has won the election with absolute majority. “Moreover, BJD has always taken such a decision keeping the well being of the people and the state in view. It will never compromise on any decision or issue, which will affect the larger interest of the state,” he pointed out.