A day after an attack incident on her programme reportedly by BJD workers near Achary Vihar area, Member of the Parliament from Bhubaneswar, Aparajita Sarangi on Friday expressed that she 'feels unsafe as a female lawmaker in the constituency'.
Sarangi lashed out at the BJD leadership especially Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik while asking him to take responsibility for the attack incident as the head of the ruling party. If CM Naveen did not know about the attack incident, it would be really unfortunate.
Calling upon the police and administration to bring the perpetrators to the court of law within 24 hours, Sarangi has said that she would rake up the case in front of the entire country during the upcoming Winter Session of the Parliament.
"I have provided all evidence and video footages of the attack case to the police. I hope the police takes due cognizance of the incident and takes action," said Sarangi.
As per the NCRB report, while Odisha has become infamous for being the second most state in the country in recording cases of crimes against women and girls as, by sponsoring attack on me and my supporters, it seems the State government is hell-bent on sending it to the first position, said the Parliamentarian while addressing a press conference today.
Sarangi questioned if the Odisha government is also following in the footsteps of West Bengal.
Earlier on Thursday night, Sarangi held a programme with several elderly citizens of Bhubaneswar and in presence of her party supporters near Acharya Vihar. However, a group of Opposition party reportedly BJD workers protested and pelted stones and eggs at her programme. Soon a scuffle broke out between the countering BJP and BJD workers with the pelting of stones and eggs from both groups.
When the situation escalated out of proportion, teams of police in presence of Bhubaneswar DCP intervened and pacified the warring groups and rescued MP Sarangi from the spot.
Some local residents who were also present at the spot during the event have reportedly sustained injuries during the scuffle. A case has been lodged with the Saheed Nagar Police in this connection by the representatives of the Parliamentarian.
Meanwhile, citing the incident as 'utter goonism', Sarangi targeted Odisha government and alleged that the BJD is intentionally not allowing her to reach out to people and do her duties.
She has further alleged that the organiser of the event was not allowed to hold the programme at the concil hall and warned not to invite me and so the event was conducted at a local residence, claimed the MP.