Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jan 9:
Egg pelting at ruling party politicians continues unabated in Odisha. Odisha Food Supply & Consumer Welfare Sanjay Das Burma was targeted once again by Congress supporters today while the minister was on a visit to Chhatrapur.
The incident occurred when some young men, allegedly members of Congress backed NSUI (National Students Union of India) and Congress Youth Wing, hurled eggs and tomatoes at the minister’s car near Chhatrapur college square while he was on his way to attend the golden jubilee celebrations of Berhampur University.
The men fled the spot after pelting the eggs. Even though NSUI claimed responsibility for the act, Das Burma pointed fingers at Lalatendu Bidyadhar Mohapatra, who has recently been making statements in favor of egg pelting.
“It has been done at the behest of a former MLA from Puri district. The former MLA, who is referred as a mining mafia, offered cash rewards to some young men and motivated them to carry out such acts. I would urge the youth and students of the state to stay away from such anti-social components,” said Das Burma in his reactions without taking Mohapatra’s name.
Notably, his vehicle had been targeted in Puri earlier while he was there on a tour.
Mohapatra continued to support egg pelting even though he didn’t directly admit ordering egg pelting on Das Burma.
His party, on the other hand, is a divided house on the issue like it is on most others.
While senior leader and former union minister Jayaram Ramesh defended egg pelting and said that it is a way of political protest and even a British Deputy Prime Minister was pelted eggs, many others didn’t seem to buy the argument.
Senior leader Suresh Routray among a handful of other leaders and MLAs clearly distanced themselves from the incident and asked party workers to refrain from such activities.