Agri minister cancels Sambalpur visit

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Agriculture minister Pradeep Maharathy has cancelled his Sambalpur visit on Friday and returned to the State capital.

Maharathy was scheduled to tour the district in Western Odisha after visiting Kalahandi and Nuapada. However, he cut short the visit in the middle.

In Nuapada district, he witnessed an embarrassing situation when about a dozen followers of Opposition BJP and Congress protested his Barapadar visit in Khadial.

Opposition parties alleged that the minister has cancelled his schedule fearing protest.

In his reply, BJD spokesperson Pratap Jena said, “When ministers are visiting people, Opposition parties are creating hurdles as per their plans. They are not doing constructive thing and involved in cheap politics.”