Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Sambalpur, Jan 5:
After Food, Supplies and Consumer Welfare Minister Sanjay Das Burma, eggs were pelted at Odisha Health Minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak today. The incident happened near Kurada village of Deogarh district while Nayak was returning from an official tour of Sambalpur.
The miscreants are suspected to be Congress workers as they were seen waving Congress flags at the time of the incident.
While Odisha Congress Spokesperson Debasis Patnaik denounced the incident and said that his party believes in Gandhism, the NSUI (National Students’ Union of India) President Itish Pradhan supported the incident unequivocally.
“We welcome the egg pelting incident involving Health Minister Atanu Nayak today and other such incidents. We also offer our support to it. These are spontaneous reactions of unemployed youth. The leadership has gone for a toss in the state and NSUI is only responding to the situation,” said Pradhan.
“NSUI has taken a call that we would not allow these corrupt MLAs and ministers to roam around in the state. Egg pelting will continue in the future too,” the President of students’ wing of Congress added.
Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) President Prasad Harichandan also lent his indirect support to the NSUI workers and said that the ministers are facing the wrath of common people following the NFSA goof-up in the state.
Ruling BJD, however, took strong objection to the issue. Ruling party MLA and Biju Chhatra Janata Dal President Byomakesh Ray issued a stern warning to Congress over the incident.
“The students of Odisha recently rejected them in the elections held in colleges across the state. Biju Chhatra Janata Dal registered cent percent success in Cuttack and Bhubaneswar, while their performance was disastrous. They are now doing these kinds of activities to get some attention by the media and make their presence felt. I request the students to refrain from such activities. NSUI would run away if we take to the streets and we would give them a befitting reply, should they continue egg pelting in the future,” said Ray.