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Odishatv Bureau

Even as Odisha continues to be on the boil over the murder case of lady teacher Mamita Meher, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik shared dias with Minister of State (Home), Dibya Shankar Mishra, who has been accused of having a role in the sensational murder case, during a function in Kalahandi on Monday, prompting the Opposition to call it a ‘Black Day’. 

State Congress leader Debasish Patnaik said Odisha government's ego has hit the ceiling. “Today is a Black Day for democracy,” he said.  Debasish alleged that by sharing stage with Dibya Shankar, CM Naveen is trying to whitewash the taint on the MoS (Home) because of the latter’s involvement in the murder case. “In doing so, CM Naveen has sent an inappropriate message to the public,” he added. 

The Congress leader further warned that the people of Odisha will give a befitting reply to the ruling BJD in the upcoming Panchayat, urban body polls in no uncertain terms. 

Earlier in the day, politics gathered steam over the issue when BJP MP Basant Panda and Leader of Opposition Pradipta Naik refused to join the CM’s event while expressing their disapproval over inclusion of Dibya Shankar in the list of attendees. 

The Opposition, particularly BJP, hit a top gear today in its protest against the Odisha government over the Mamita murder case. The party launched massive protests at many places in Odisha including Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Balasore, Sambalpur and Kalahandi, the place of CM Naveen Patnaik's official programme. 

Meanwhile, despite all out protests, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik distributed the Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana smart health cards to beneficiaries in Kalahandi today. The function organised at Bhawanipatna OUAT ground was also graced by ministers Naba Das and Dibya Shankar among others.

Addressing a gathering, Dibya Shankar heaped praises on Naveen and claimed that the biggest role in transforming the face of Kalahandi lay with the Chief Minister.

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