Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Aug 30:
Stung by the expose involving four Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MLAs caught on camera seeking bribe, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today ordered a Vigilance probe into the matter to ascertain the veracity of the tapes.
The matter has come to the notice of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and he has taken it very seriously following which he has ordered for an impartial probe, Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) said in a release.
“The Vigilance has been entrusted with the responsibility to probe the matter. Let us wait for the outcome of the probe,” Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said.
The four BJD MLAs— Susant Kumar Behera (Chhendipada), Seemarani Nayak (Hindol), Anam Nayak (Bhawanipatna) and Bijay Kumar Nayak (Karanjia)—fell to the bait of ‘Operation Blackspot’ conducted by a portal recently. The sting operation was aired by Kanak News, a leading news channel of Odisha, yesterday.
Following this, a slugfest ensued today with opposition parties gunning for their heads. Protests were seen in Karanjia and Bhadrak over the issue. In Bhadrak, BJP activists burnt the effigy of chief minister and the four MLAs.
The saffron party activists led by BJD district president Badri Narayan Dhala took out a motorcycle rally from the party office to the Collectorate.
The members then staged a protest in front of the Collector’s office where they demanded the chief minister to suspend the MLAs caught in the bribegate from the party.
On the other hand, BJP today observed a dawn-to-dusk bandh in Chhendipada demanding suspension of the four legislators. Besides, they burnt posters and effigies of the MLAs. This apart, similar protest was staged in Baripada and Bhawanipatna by the party workers.
In the Operation Blackspot, the legislators were caught on tape demanding bribe for facilitating setting up of industries in their respective constituencies.