Rashmi Ranjan

Amid the ongoing slugfest between the ruling BJD and Opposition over the daylight assassination of Minister Naba Das, daughter of the deceased minister, Dipali, on Tuesday urged all not to politicise the matter.

Speaking to the media, the daughter of the slain minister said, “We have never thought that something like this will happen. My family is really disturbed. So, I request everyone not politicise the matter as it is a very sensitive case.”

Asked about the progress in the probe, she said, “The Crime Branch is probing the case under the supervision of an able judge. I cannot comment on the investigation as the probe is yet to be completed. But, we have faith in CM Naveen Patnaik and are hopeful of getting justice.” 

“I extend my gratitude to entire Odisha for supporting my family during the tragic time. After my father’s demise, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has also stood by my family. I am also obliged for the sympathy of Jharsuguda residents, BJD leaders and other political parties,” she added.

 When asked if she will step into politics, she said I cannot comment anything on it right now.

“I cannot comment on this. But, we will respect whatever decision CM Naveen will take,” she stated.

Notably, the Opposition and the ruling BJD are at loggerheads over the killing of minister Naba Das.

While the Opposition has been targeting the Naveen Patnaik-led BJD government for alleged deterioration of the law and order situation in the State and demanding CBI and SIT probe, the ruling BJD has accused the BJP and Congress of politicising the matter. 

(Reported by Soumya Ranjan Sahoo, OTV)