Saswat Singhdeo

Balasore: A controversy erupted after Bhograi MLA Ananta Das celebrated his birthday at Jagannath government school under Bhogarai block in Balasore district.

The MLA observed his 79th birthday with the students on the school premises while the classes were underway. The programme was organised by local forums -Jayanti Committee and Sachetan Nagrik Manch.

While the incident drew flak from different corners, BJP has strongly criticised the Bhogarai MLA raising questions on how the programme was organised inside the school.

"It is unfortunate that a politician was allowed to celebrate his birthday inside a school. How could the Block Education Officer and the school principal allow such a programme on school premises?" said a local BJP worker, Dilip Kamila.

On the other hand, Block Education Officer of Bhogarai, Kalindi Saren said that he is unaware about the programme and no such permission was given to organise it inside the school.

"The school authorities should be blamed for the incident. We didn't give any permission for celebrating the birthday," said Saren.

No comments could be obtained from the Bhogarai MLA in connection with the matter.