Bhubaneswar: Ahead of the monsoon session of the Odisha Assembly, a BJD MLA on Sunday supported the opposition's allegation of COVID-19 "mismanagement" in the state, raising eyebrows in the ruling party.
Umashankar Samantaray, the legislator of Satyabadi seat in Puri district, said the opposition parties' allegation of mismanagement of the COVID-19 situation in Odisha is "not totally wrong".
Congress leader Taraprasad Bahinipati, who has been critical of the state government's management of the COVID-19situation, thanked the BJD MLA for his statement.
I condemn the Odisha government for its failure in managing the COVID-19 situation in the state," Bahinipati said.
There is no toilet facility for COVID-19 patients housed in quarantine centres at the panchayat level, he said.