Vikash Sharma

Tension prevailed during a protest march by the members of the Youth Congress towards Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s residence in Bhubaneswar on Friday as part of their strategy to target the BJD government over several issues.

Youth Congress (IYC) national president BV Srinivas and other state leaders took out a rally and marched towards Naveen Niwas. However, a scuffle broke out between the Youth Congress activists and the Police after the latter intercepted them near Raj Mahal Square.

The Youth Congress activists alleged that both BJD and BJP are playing with the emotions of the youths. They also targeted the BJD government over unemployment and the alleged deterioration of the law and order situation in the state.

The Youth Congress activists allegedly hurled eggs and tomatoes at police personnel after they were prevented from marching towards the official residence of the CM.

“We have staged such a demonstration by organising a massive rally to wake up the CM who has failed to provide employment to the youths in the state,” alleged an activist.

The Youth Congress alleged that scores of people and youths are forced to migrate to other states in search of work and livelihood. “Our agitation will continue against such misgovernance till we throw the BJD government out of power in the state,” said another protestor.

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Meanwhile, the BJD leaders could not be contacted over such allegations. 

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