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Death of Mahakalpada girl: 12-hr BJP hartal today; Cong ‘civil disobedience’ on Aug 20


OST Bureau

Bhubaneswar, Aug 9

Politics over the death of a minor girl from Mahakalpada, who succumbed to her burn injuries sustained after being set afire by two youths has hotted up with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) calling for a 12-hour hartal on Saturday demanding the resignation of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik over the issue.

“The party has decided to go for a 12-hour hartal tomorrow against the rapidly deteriorating law and order situation in the state. We demand the immediate dismissal of Naveen Patnaik led-BJD government,” said Sajjan Sharma, spokesperson of the state BJP on Friday, urging the people of Odisha to lend their support to make the hartal a success.

Sharma said essential service,s including ambulance services and medicine stores, would be exempted from the hartal. Besides, law professionals scheduled to attend the programme of Supreme Court chief justice P Sathasivam will also be excluded. The chief justice will inaugurate the newly constructed building of a judicial academy in Cuttack tomorrow

Not to be left behind, the Congress, the principal opposition party in the state, has called for a civil disobedience movement on August 20, the first day of the monsoon session of the Assembly.

As part of the civil disobedience movement, the women’s wing of the party would gherao the Assembly on August 20 and also submit a memorandum to the Odisha Governor to dismiss the government, the Congress announced on Friday.

“The state government is solely responsible for the death of the minor girl, who was admitted to the SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack 12 days ago which did not have even primary facilities for her treatment. It seems that the state government wanted her to die. Considering the gravity of the situation, both the Chief Minister and the Health minister should resign on moral grounds,” said Jayadev Jena at a press briefing here.

“If the Chief Minister does not step down by then, the agitation will be intensified in the days to come,’ Jena said.