Kharabela Swain hits back at BJD’s N Bhaskar Rao

Bhubaneswar: A day after BJD vice-president and Rajya Sabha member N. Bhaskar Rao targeted a particular media for ‘publicising’ the attack on Utkal Bharat party chief Kharabela Swain, the former MP today took a jibe at Rao and said that there is no need to name any party as the pictures and videos circulating in media clearly show the accused with BJD leaders.

Rao on Sunday targeted a particular media for ‘publicising’ the attack on Swain at a public meeting in Kashipur of Rayagada district last week and said that the former MP in his FIR has not mentioned that the attackers belong to BJD.

“Is the name of any political party is ever taken in such cases? What can be the bigger proof of this (being attacked by BJD supporters) when pictures of those who attacked me are seen sharing space with the several BJD ministers and leaders,” said Swain.

Besides, the Odisha BJP also lashed out at Rao for openly threatening a media for the telecast of the news by saying, “…They have done their work and whatever will happen in future, they will be responsible for that.”

Senior BJP leader Biswabhusan Harichandan said, “Rao has exposed the very ideology of the BJD to grab power. The way, the Naveen government is murdering democracy and trying to chain and throttle the voice of media will not be accepted by people in the State.”

Threatening a media house is ‘undemocratic’ and whatever Rao spoke yesterday proves that the present government is extensively relying on hooliganism to win elections again, said senior leader Damodar Rout.

BJD minister Sushanta Singh said that the party never believes in violence and appropriate action will be taken against the culprits. “We don’t believe in violence. Law will take its own course,” said Singh.

After facing criticism from all quarters and accused of resorting to hooliganism following the attack on Swain, the ruling-BJD seems to have now switched to  damage control mode and is now leaving no stone unturned to save the image of the party’s president and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Pattnaik, believe political experts.

On the other hand, director general of police RP Sharma today directed all the SPs to provide adequate security to Swain during his scheduled public meetings across the State.

So far, two persons (Sumant Nayak & P. Govindrao) have been arrested in connection with the incident while one (Krushna Nayak) is still absconding.