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Rashmi Rekha Das

everal district wings of Congress in south and west Odisha came down heavily on Mayor of Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) Subash Singh for making a demeaning statement in connection with Malkangiri district recently.

Hundreds of members of Congress unit in Malkangiri burnt the effigy of Singh as mark of their protest and alleged that the BJD leader has tarnished the image of Malkangiri.

Earlier, Singh during a CMC meeting held on May 21, openly warned civic body officials and employees saying ‘Those who won’t work would be transferred to Malkangiri district’.

However, the statement which went viral on social media stoked serious backlash from several quarters. 

“We would not allow Subash Singh to enter Malkangiri district as he has ruined the image of our motherland”, said Malkangiri district Congress president Govind Patra. 

“Malkangiri is no more a remote region of Odisha but is now progressing in every field. At a time when Chief Minister of Odisha Naveen Patnaik is giving special attention to Malkangiri district, such statement by the BJD Mayor is shameful,” said Patra.

Meanwhile, Nabarangpur  district unit of Congress burnt Singh’s photo and demanded his apology for making such statement about Malkangiri district. 

District president Muna Tripathy said, “Malkangiri district is famous for its rich heritage, culture and mines. Singh’s words not only tarnished the reputation of Malkangiri district but also ruined the image of undivided Koraput. If Singh considers Mallkangiri an undeveloped and backward district, the State government should be held responsible for it.”

Meanwhile, the Koraput wing of Congress also condemned Singh for his remarks on Malkangiri district.

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