Pradeep Pattanayak

Tension flared up at Buddheswari Colony in Bhubaneswar when some women, allegedly linked to the Biju Janata Dal, staged a demonstration and stopped the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Bhubaneswar MP, Aparajita Sarangi on Monday. 

According to sources, the residents of Buddheswari Colony had invited the Parliamentarian to their area for a meeting. While going to the colony, some women opposed her, leading to a scuffle-like situation. 

“Keeping the Buddheswari Colony residents’ request, Madam was going to their colony. When she was on her way, some women came from nowhere and stopped her vehicle. They all have been given Rs 500 each to create disturbance,” said a woman supporter of the Parliamentarian.   

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When asked, an agitating woman said, “When we were about to ask Madam where she was in the last five years and what she has done for us, a man from their side misbehaved with a woman from our side. Then two women from their side tore the sarees of two women of our side.”

While the agitating women said they are the residents of Buddheswari Colony, the BJP alleged that they are the BJD-supported workers and goons.  

“They are BJD’s goons. They are angry because hundreds of crores were seized by the I-T department,” said a supporter of the MP. 

Later, police reached the spot to control the situation. They managed to persuade the agitating women to free the road and brought the situation under control. 

Later, the MP held the meeting in the colony. 

While talking to journalists, she said, “Providing security is the state government’s responsibility and it is also my right. If I feel insecure at any place, the state government should ensure my protection.”

“Those who created problem today are the people of my constituency. I have requested the police administration not to register any cases against them. But the two hours I was detained in my car went unproductive. Who is responsible for that? During that period, I could have met 150 people who were waiting for me at my office.”

Notably, the MP had already informed the Commissionerate Police about her visit to Buddheswari Colony. She had also written a letter to the Bhubaneswar DCP seeking ample police force deployment during her visit to the colony.

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