Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar/ Kendrapara, Apr 20:
Apprehending widespread protests and violence over alleged rigging during the April 17 polls, district administration in Kendrapara in Odisha decided to extend prohibitory orders till April 21, Monday.
The district collector Dr Nitin Bhanudas Jawale said this precautionary step has been taken to ensure there is no breach of law in the district.
Reports said, the administration has had reasons to fear that Friday’s violent protests, which saw the spontaneous participation of people and youth who do not belong to political parties, could spread to other parts of the district.
“There is a growing feeling among the people across the district is that the ruling Biju Janata Dal in Mahakalpada resorted to a number of unfair means to defeat the popular leader and BJP candidate Bijoy Mohapatra in Mahakalpada with the active connivance with key government officials including the police,” a local lawyer said.
Many in Kendrapara believe that Friday’s incident that saw the public venting their anger against the administration was an indication of the widespread discontent that is brewing among the people not only over the alleged malpractices in the polls but also the way the administration has been hijacked by vested interests.