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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Dec 20:

A 12-member delegation of Odisha BJP that attempted to meet Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today over the alleged involvement of Bhubaneswar Mayor Anant Narayan Jena in a sex tape and murder of Rishi Mohanty had to return empty-handed after the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) denied them an appointment.

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The leaders claimed that they had earlier notified the CMO pertaining to their planned visit. However, they received no appointment or confirmation following which they attempted to walk-in.

“The Chief Minister is giving protective cover to the Mayor. That’s what is evident from this episode. Why else would he not meet leaders from an opposition party? We waited here for a long time, but in vain. The CMO denied an appointment,” said Odisha BJP Vice President Samir Mohanty.

The party has called for a 12-hour Bhubaneswar bandh tomorrow over the issue.

Biju Janata Dal, on the other hand, saw political motives behind the protests.

“The matter is sub-judice. They should wait. BJP has lost credibility after the Mahanadi issue and demonetisation drive by Prime Minister Modi. They are afraid to go to the villages and face the public. That is the reason they are trying to make an issue out it,” said BJD MLA Debashish Samantaray.

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