On Friday, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik attended the Platinum Jubilee celebration of Vikram Deb Autonomous College, while Bahinipati, being the local MLA, was also present as guest. Earlier to his visit to Koraput, the CM granted university status to the Vikram Deb Autonomous College.
Thanking Naveen for granting university status to the college, Bahinipati said, “Jeypore is fortunate to have Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik here. He has created history by coming to this college.” The Congress leaders also praised BJD organisational sectary Pranab Prakash Das and 5T sectary VK Pandian.
On the other hand, Rabi Nanda, who is known as political rival of Congress leader Tara, was also not present on the stage. During the CM’s visit in 2017 to inaugurate SLN Medical College and Hospital, Tara Bahinipati was detained and Tara heaping praises on Naveen has sparked debate. Earlier in May 2022, Bahinipati had resigned from the Congress party's chief whip post and said he stepped down from the position due to personal reasons.
Meanwhile, Congress leader’s praise for BJD chief Naveen has sparked debates and created a buzz in the political circles. According to political observer, Tara may quit Congress and join BJP before the 2024 elections.
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