BJP Yuva Morcha stages blockade; demands early poll for CMC Mayor

Cuttack: Demanding election of the new Mayor for Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC), BJP Yuva Morcha on Tuesday staged a road blockade on National Highway-5 passing through the city.

Reports said the activists of BJP Yuva Morcha of Cuttack city unit blocked NH-5 at Madhupatna Square disrupting vehicular movement. However, police rushed to the spot and cleared the road after arresting the protesters.

“We demand a judicial probe into the massive irregularities in the CMC in ration card distribution. We also condemn the move of the CMC, which accepted the resignation of the Mayor in five minutes. Instead of indulging in politics over the matter, we urge the chief minister to take a decision on the election of a new Mayor at the earliest to look into various problems in the city failing which the state government will be responsible for the consequences,” Biswanath Jati, president of Cuttack unit of BJP Yuva Morcha, told media persons.

Lambasting the gross apathy of the state government, state general secretary of BJP Yuva Morcha, Sikandar Ali said the millennium city is the birthplace of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and the present chief minister Naveen Patnaik.

“However, it is very unfortunate that the chief minister is least bothered about the problems of this city and its residents. While it will take at least three months for the new Mayor to take charge of the CMC, the intra-party bickering in the BJD still prevails thus making the plight of the people in the city miserable. We have staged the protest today to protest the callousness of the ruling party,” he added.

“We urge the chief minister to take steps to elect a new Mayor within 24 hours, failing which we will intensify our stir in the city in the coming days,” Ali warned.

Referring to the bickering in the BJD, he said there is infighting among the three ruling MLAs. “Was the corporation formed for such incidents? It is grossly unfortunate that the chief minister is still maintaining complete silence on this issue,” he pointed out.