Bhubaneswar: While the 12-hour dawn to dusk bandh and hartal by the Opposition continues across the state throwing normal life out of gear, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) kept its arrow pointed towards the Odisha government blaming it for Kunduli suicide and demanded resignation of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
The BJP accused the Naveen government of being 'insensitive' towards the Kunduli gang rape issue and said that the ruling government must take the responsibility of the suicide.
"Odisha government couldn't provide justice to the innocent girl. Why did the CM fail to provide justice? " questioned BJP vice-president Sameer Mohanty demanding CBI inquiry into the incident.
"We want to wake CM up to see the suffering of women in the state. Due to this defunct government, the Kunduli girl committed suicide. The BJD government has 'killed the girl' and it must take the responsibility," said BJP's state general secretary Lekhashri Samantasinghar.
The suicide has exposed the apathetic attitude of the BJD government. It must accept its failure in providing justice to the girl and announce a CBI inquiry, she added.
Venting her anger on the BJD, BJP Mahila Morcha president Prabhati Parida said that the party will continue its fight till the Kunduli girl is provided justice.
"If the women in the state are not safe, how could CM Naveen remain safe at his residence. The women in Odisha are getting raped and tortured but the CM is remaining a mute spectator," alleged Prabhati.
Meanwhile, BJD spokesperson Pratap Keshari Deb criticised the saffron party for politicising the Kunduli suicide incident and said the government is duty-bound to provide justice to the girl.
"Politicising such sensitive issue to settle political scores is unfortunate. Investigation into the incident was done and justice never denied," said Deb.
Earlier today, police detained hundreds of BJP workers at the Master Canteen square and state secretariat for protesting the Kunduli suicide.