Protests palpable ahead of BJD MP Baijayant Panda’s event in Kendrapara

Kendrapara: A group of BJD activists have threatened protests ahead of an event organised by their party’s Kendrapara MP Baijayant Panda to inaugurate an overhead drinking water tank at Buhalo village under Nischintkoili block of Cuttack district.

Members of the party’s Nischintakoili block in a letter to the Cuttack Collector have sought cancellation of the permission granted for the programme scheduled on January 11. They have also marked a copy of the letter to Chief Minister, DGP, Home Secretary and Cuttack (Rural) SP.

The letter, in which signatures of Nischintkoili block BJD president Ramakanta Mohanty and Panchayat Samiti chairperson Sabita Ojha are present, alleged that Panda is not in touch with local residents and there is resentment among locals which is likely to take an ugly shape as the MP is holding the programme with help of anti-party people. They also alleged that the parliamentarian did not hold discussion with other members of the area before finalising the event.

Panda’s political secretary Jyotiprakash Ghose clarified that the charges levelled by BJD’s Nischintakoili unit are false. “Invitation letters have been sent to all concerned persons. Besides, a field coordinator has met all local leaders as well as local MLA and minster Pratap Jena to invite them to attend the programme.”

He added public is strongly supporting the drinking water projects built from MPLAD funds and will not forgive those political elements who are creating disturbance.

Meanwhile, Panda also emphatically stated that he would attend the programme at Nischintkoili on January 11 while reviewing progress of an overhead water tank work at Pakhyota village under Jalapoka panchayat today.

Panda, on May 30, faced opposition during a similar event at Jatiparilo village under Mahanga Assembly constituency.