‘Indecent proposal’ charge against MLA: BJD observes 12-hour Talcher bandh today

Talcher: The BJD is observing a 12-hour Talcher bandh today to protest the allegation levelled against its local MLA Braja Kishore Pradhan for making an indecent proposal to a teenage college girl in exchange for providing a job to her father.

Vehicular traffic was affected in various places on account of the bandh.

Notably, allegations surfaced yesterday that Pradhan asked a teenage, college going girl during a WhatsApp chat to sleep with him if she wanted her father to get a job.

Printouts of the WhatsApp chat between an account in the name of the legislator and the young girl have been pasted all over the place in the town.

In a conversation that leaves little to imagination, the lawmaker bluntly tells the girl; “Jadi tame mo sangare gote night biteiba tahale mu tomora bapanku chakiri debi” (“If you spend a night with me, I will give a job to your father”).

When the girl points out that she is young enough to be his daughter, the legislator quips; “Kan asubidha ki?” (“What’s the problem?”)

The next morning, it is Pradhan who starts the chat and tells the girl “22 tarikha dina mun tamora college ku gadi pathibi, tame sei gadire asiba’ (“On 22nd, I will send a vehicle to your college. You come on that vehicle”).

The Talcher MLA has refuted the charges and said he did not talk to any young girl on WhatsApp.