Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jul 2:
The fast-unto-death by Odia Bhasha Sangram Samiti (OBSS), demanding implementation of the Odisha Official Language Act, 1954, entered second day today.
Along with the OBSS convener Sankarshan Parida, poet Gajanan Mishra, Madhumita Samal, Sanjeev Parida and journalist Subash Patnaik continued their fast on the second day today.
A team of doctors checked the health of the protesters at about 10 AM in the morning following which people of all walks and quarters reached the venue to support the cause. The health condition of all the protesters was stated to be stable.
Among others, former OPCC president Niranjan Patnaik, Sambad Editor Soumya Ranjan Patnaik, CPM leader Janardan Pati , Dhanadakanta Mishra of Aam Admi Party, Samajwadi Party Odisha unit President Rabi Behera, Adviser of Kendra Sahitya Akademi Odisha –Gourahari Das, senior Journalist Barendra Krushna Dhal visited the fasting venue and offered their support to the Samiti members.
Several new faces are expected to join the movement tomorrow.
“We will continue to raise our voice against the illegal, undemocratic and unconstitutional neglect by the government of the Odia language and the society at large. Our fast will continue until the government implements the Odisha Official Language Act, 1954,” said a member of the Odia Bhasha Sangram Samiti, an organisation fighting for the cause of the Odia language.