Debi Mishra shown black flags in Sambalpur

Sambalpur: After Sanjay Dasburma and Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak, it was the turn of School and Mass Education minister Debi Mishra to face protest by Congress activists here today.

A day after some youths claiming to be the members of Chhatra Congress hurled eggs at Health minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak’s car in Deogarh, the women’s wing of the Congress today showed black flags to Debi Mishra when he was on his way to Nrusinghaguru High School to attend its platinum jubilee ceremony.

“The women activists of the party protested during the visit of the minister against large scale irregularities in allocation of ration cards under National Food Security Act (NFSA). Many leaders of BJD have availed ration cards while deserving poor are deprived of the scheme,” Sasmita Behera, State Mahila Congress president, said.

Such protest will continue until the government addresses the issues of poor, she added.

Meanwhile, five women activists have been detained by the police.

On the other hand, minister Debi Mishra denied black flag shown to him by the protesters. “There was a protest by some women. But I did not see any black flags,” Mishra said.

“If they had any issues, they could have given a memorandum and I would accept that”, Mishra added.
Terming such protest as against people’s mandate, the minister said- “People have given the charge of a department to somebody. Protesting him is equal to protest people’s wish”, he pointed out.