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Vikash Sharma

Faced with relentless Opposition attack over the Mamita Meher murder case, the ruling Biju Janata Party (BJD) in Odisha on Saturday launched a counter attack by accusing the rivals of politicising the issue for political gains.

Addressing a presser, BJD spokesperson Sasmit Patra alleged that the Opposition parties are trying to defame Odisha and its people by trying to set a national narrative through, what he said, false acquisitions.

Taking a jibe at the BJP, Patra said that the saffron party was not concerned about justice to deceased lady teacher’s family. Rather, the party is busy doing politics, he alleged. “BJP rakes up the issue of women’s security only when the elections are round the corner and it tends to forget it after the polls are over. The BJP is trying to defame Odisha at a national-level by doing cheap politics,” alleged Patra.

Not only Mamita Meher murder case, the BJP had also raked up several issues in the past by organising protests on streets. They even depute Central teams to conduct on spot investigation.

“BJP had sent a fact-finding team and we dare them to put forth its finding before police and the court,” Patra added.

Earlier in the day, the Congress demanded the resignation of the Minister of State (MoS) for Home Dibya Shankar Mishra in order to facilitate an ‘unbiased’ probe into the Mamita Meher murder case.

Senior Congress leader and former MP Bhakta Das has called for a ‘Janata Curfew’ in Kalahandi district on November 8 as a mark of protest during the scheduled visit of the Chief Minister to the district. Similarly, the BJP today targeted BJD supremo and CM Naveen Patnaik over the lady teacher murder case.

“It is unfortunate the way the State government is shielding those involved in the heinous crime. Even after a month, the government is yet to wake up from its slumber. Be it the Itishree, Babina or Kunduli murders, the government has failed to deliver justice. The Mamita Meher case is also no different,” said BJP leader Prithviraj Harichandan.

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