Pradeep Pattanayak

Launching a scathing attack on Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, senior BJP leader Jaya Narayan Mishra on Saturday said the former should resign from his post for deliberately insulting the Odisha Legislative Assembly by remaining absent in the House. 

Emerging out of the Raj Bhawan in Bhubaneswar, Mishra told reporters, “The CM should resign from his post as he is skipping the Assembly for the past two years and avoiding participation in discussions.”
Mishra was part of a delegation of BJP MLAs which submitted a list of four demands to Governor Ganeshi Lal today. 

Besides demanding a CBI inquiry into the sensational Mamita Meher murder case, the party raised issues like Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s absence in the Odisha Legislative Assembly for last two years, the curtailment of business days of the house to less than the minimum of 60 days in a calendar year for the last three years and police excesses against the BJP activists during the BJP Yuva Morcha’s ‘Assembly Gherao’ protest at the lower PMG in Bhubaneswar. 

Similarly, Deputy Leader of Opposition Bishnu Charan Sethi, while talking to journalists, said the Speaker had adjourned the House sine die in an undemocratic manner. “In a calendar year, the House should assemble for at least 60 days. But for last three years, the House is not witnessing the minimum 60 days business. For the last two years, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who is the leader of the House, is not coming to the Assembly whereas he is visiting hockey matches and the districts to distribute Smart Health Cards,” Sethi said. 

“None but Lord Jagannath can save the State and keep the women and children safe. Our next move is to visit the Lord Jagannath Temple in Puri. We will prostrate ourselves before the Lord, praying for Him to give better sense to the CM,” he added.

At the same time, the Chief Minister is also in Congress party’s crosshairs. Condemning the police attack on student Congress activists, the Party has decided to gherao SP offices across the State on December 14. 

The party alleged police had entered the Congress Bhawan and attacked the activists of student Congress who were protesting demanding the removal of Minister of State for Home Dibya Shankar Mishra for his alleged link with Mamita Meher murder case prime accused Gobinda Sahu on Friday. The entire episode developed in the very knowledge of the CM. 

The party at a press conference brought the injured activists before the media on Saturday. 

“The police brutality will not deter the party from agitating against the government. In coming days, the party will intensify the agitation,” informed OPCC president Niranjan Patnaik.

Condemning the attack on student Congress activists, senior leader Narasingha Mishra said, “Without the CM’s knowledge, can police enter a political party office and attack activists?  We demand a CBI inquiry into the Friday’s incident.”

While the ruling party was yet to give its reactions over the allegations, in an apparent attempt at damage control, BJD MLA Amar Satpathy said the Opposition parties had the agenda from the very first day of the Winter Session to stall the proceedings in the House. This apart, the House had to be adjourned sine die as there was no government business.