Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Dec 29:
The cry for Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) Mayor Anita Behera’s resignation got shriller today with Odisha unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) staging demonstration in front of urban local body’s office and Congress members filing complaint against her in a police station here.
The members of youth wing of state unit BJP staged demonstration in front of the CMC office a day after the corporators created ruckus during the CMC council meeting over Mayor’s name figuring in the list of beneficiaries under the National Food Security Act (NFSA).
The activits, including men and women, of the saffron party holding placards, banners and party out a rally from Gouri Sankar Park here to the CMC office. The protestors shouted slogans and demanded resignation of the Mayor.
The Congress too jumped into the bandwagon in demanding resignation of the beleaguered Mayor. The members of city unit of Congress filed a written complaint with Purighat police demanding stringent action against those involved in the enrolment of Behera in the list. Besides, the Congress activists also staged demonstration in front of the Collector’s office and submitted a memorandum demanding her resignation.
“The Chief Minister has always reiterated that action would be initiated against those involved in the irregularities in beneficiary list. When the Speaker of Odisha Assembly suspended Congress legislator Naba Kishore Das for a week without an inquiry, then why even after 24 hours of the Mayor admitting her fault has not been suspended,” City Congress president Mohammed Moquim said.
It may be mentioned that the CMC Commissioner yesterday announced that a three-member team would probe into the allegations of Mayor’s name finding place in the beneficiary list under subsidised food grains scheme.
The opposition members alleged that the real beneficiaries were excluded and many well-to-do people owning allegiance to the ruling party were included in the list of ration cards for subsidised food grains.