Attack on Union ministers’ convoy: BJP urges Odisha governor to act

  • PTI, Bhubaneswar
  • Updated: Jun 25, 2016 20:54 IST
Biju Janata Dal members show black flags to Union ministers at Baragarh in Sambalpur district. (PTI)

The BJP said on Saturday that attack on the convoy of two Union ministers at Bargarh in Odisha took place in the presence and “active collaboration” of the police and local administration. The party urged governor SC Jamir to direct the state government to conduct an independent probe and bring the culprits to book.

“The police was in the know as BJD had given prior notice and even issued a press release as to their intentions. The plot was hatched by the ruling BJD before the proposed visit of a ‘declared state guest’,” a memorandum submitted to governor by BJP said.

An 11-member delegation of state BJP met the governor a day after the convoy of Union ministers Santosh Gangwar, Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti and former Jharkhand chief minister Arjun Munda’s was attacked by BJD supporters.

Terming the incident as a heinous attack, BJP said this was a case of “extreme intolerance” and a “complete breakdown” of law and order in Odisha.

Stating that this is a gross violation of the federal system of India which believes that states and the Centre should work in tandem, BJP said the incident took place when the Central government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been working for development of the state.

BJP in its memorandum alleged that the local MP and MLAs including minister Snehangini Chhuria planned this event and incited violence by BJD workers by giving provocative speeches like “We will not allow BJP ministers to enter the district”.

“Though the police arrested the hooligans and local MLAs, they were later released without any action. This proves that it was a premeditated incident stage-managed by the police and local administration. This would not have been possible without political clearance and active directions from the BJD supremo,” it said.

Noting that BJP, Odisha unit has lost faith on the state government and the police, they urged the governor, as the representative of Union government, to take cognisance of the incident and direct the state government to conduct an independent probe and bring the culprits to book.

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