Rourkela, Dec 1 (LocalWire): Soon after Rourkela MLA Dilip Ray submitted his resignation from the Odisha assembly, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader released a public letter stating he quitted on moral grounds.
Ray, in his open letter, said while contesting for Rourkela assembly seat in 2014, he had promised people to construct the second Brahamani bridge and upgrade Ispat General Hospital to a super-specialty.
“Even the then prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, while addressing an election rally here, had assured about these two project. But they never saw the light of the day,” Ray said in his letter.
“Although foundation stone of the second Brahamani bridge was laid by Union surface transport minister Nitin Gadkari on July 21, 2017, the work did not progress, even after fifteen months,” Ray pointed out.
“At the same time, although government officials have been claiming Rs. 200 crore have been sanctioned for the Ispat super-specialty hospital, there has been no progress in that work as well,” Ray added.
“Under these circumstances, my conscience is strongly denying me to approach voters in the upcoming election,” Ray said.
Meanwhile, his resignation has drawn mixed responses in the steel city.
“At a time when present day leaders go at any length for power and position, Dilip Ray took a brave and commendable decision,” said political analyst Narayan Prasad Das.
“According to me, prime minister Narendra Modi not fulfilling the promise he made to Rourkela is a failure of parliamentary democracy,” Das said.
Congress leader and former Rourkela MLA Pravat Mohapatra termed Ray’s resignation as a ‘political hoax’.
“It is a matter of great regret that second Brahamani bridge and the super-specialty hospital could not be realised, even after Modi’s assurance. But Ray cannot claim his innocence for this failure,” Mohapatra said.
BJP state secretary Dhiren Senapati claimed that both the project have been cleared and under progress.
“Construction of second Brahmani bridge is under progress, while the union government has already sanctioned Rs. 250 crores for construction of the super-specialty hospital,” Senapati said.