Bhubaneswar, Sep 1
Blaming the BJD government for playing politics on the issue of establishment of a permanent High Court bench in Western Odisha, the BJP state president KV Singhdeo on Saturday accused the BJD supremo and chief minister Naveen Patnaik of orchestrating the ongoing agitation in the western districts.
“Establishment of a High Court Bench in Western Odisha is not on the agenda of the BJD government. However, the reluctance of the chief minister to concede to the demands on the one hand and the role of the ruling party’s district-level leadership which is fuelling the agitations on the other, speaks volumes about the double standards of the party,” Singhdeo said in a release here.
Justifying his contention, the BJP leader said since Naveen is the party supremo, the district leadership cannot dare to boycott the civic body elections without his prior permission. Hence the chief minister is also a party to the poll boycott stir and responsible for the law and order situation which is not conducive for holding elections, Singhdeo said.
He also pointed out that it was Patnaik’s failure to break the stalemate which has helped the agitation spread like wildfire to other parts of the State.
Stating that the State Election Commissioner has expressed its inability to hold civic body elections due to the deteriorating law and order condition in Western Odisha, Singhdeo said the chief minister who is also the Home minister has lost the mandate to continue in office.