Himansu Shekhar Rout

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Bhubaneswar MP, Aparajita Sarangi accused the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) of adopting a discriminatory approach in the removal of hoardings in the city.

She said that green hoardings are found in every nook and cranny and chhaks in Bhubaneswar.  

She lamented that all the hoardings she had put in the city before New Year Day were found nowhere while the hoardings which have been put by the leaders of a particular party are still there damaging the beauty of the city. The city skylines are looking odd, she observed. 

Addressing a presser in Bhubaneswar on Wednesday, the BJP leader said that the Bhubaneswar Municipal Commissioner with the help of the Commissionerate Police should remove the hoardings in the next two days.

Besides, the MP has written a letter to the BMC Commissioner and the Police Commissioner in this regard. 

In the letter, she alleged that hoardings and posters of BJD leaders are still found everywhere in the city while the hoardings she had put for New Year wishes were removed by the enforcement squad of the BMC on January 2. “Why does the BMC adopt such a discriminatory policy?” she asked.  

The BJP MP pointed out that she had raised the issue during a discussion with the BMC over the phone. “The BMC told me that such discrimination should not happen and all the hoardings would be removed as soon as possible. The BMC Commissioner assured me that all green hoardings will be removed.”

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The MP also added, “I spoke to the Police Commissioner who admitted the fact.  He also told me that all possible help will be provided to the BMC to pull down the hoardings.”

However, no reaction has been received from the BMC.