Himansu Shekhar Rout

Nilagiri MLA Sukant Nayak faced an awkward situation while laying the foundation stone for a road project in Garidihi panchayat under his constituency in Balasore district on Thursday. The sarpanch of the panchayat reportedly vandalised the information plaque of the project alleging that his name on the plaque was missing.

As per reports, the legislator Sukant Nayak visited Garidihi panchayat to lay the foundation stone for Kalakada-Ambhajhar road project. Sarpanch Shibaji Singh was allegedly angry to see that his name was not etched on the plaque. He strongly opposed it and then sat atop the plaque as the MLA arrived at the place. He was seen shouting at the supporters of Nayak. 

However, the MLA laid the foundation stone for the project and thereafter the sarpanch damaged the plaque. The incident triggered tension at the place. 

Police rushed to the place and tried to placate the angry people protesting the vandalism in front of the legislator.  

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Subal Majhi, a local resident, said that people want the road project but the sarpanch himself damaged the plaque.  
Legislator Sukant Nayak said that the work of the double engine is being carried out in Nilagiri. “Some people are unable to bear with it and trying to mislead people. The incident that took place in front of me is a reflection of intolerance. The BJP is not worried about it,” he added.

  • Reported by:
  • Biswambar Das