Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Sep 25:
Members of Odisha Bikash Parishad, fighting for social rights of all Odias, led by Sushant Kumar Padhi, today lodged a complaint with the commissionerate police seeking the registration of a criminal case against Jeypore MLA and Congress chief whip Tara Prasad Bahinipati for his indecent and uncivilised behaviour in creating ruckus at a Zilla Parishad (ZP) meeting held in Koraput alleging corruption in government schemes on Wednesday.
Bahinipati, it may be noted, had ransacked the table, broke articles and shouted slogans at the meeting venue alleging corrupt practices in the implementation of various development programmes in the district.
The Jeypore MLA’s conduct was highly condemnable and un constitutional, the complaint lodged with Capital police station and addressed to Inspector-in-charge (IIC) MR Garanaik said.
Though Bahinipati claimed that he was trying to raise his voice against corruption in the district, but his way of protest suggested that he had come fully prepared to create a nuisance at the meeting, the complaint alleged.
“Without venting his anger in this forum, he should have chosen an upper forum to redress his grievances. He might have played a constructive role without creating such hullabaloo. He did this to show his muscle strength instead of following a soft approach,” Padhi said in his complaint.
According to reports, Bahinipati arrived at the Zilla Parishad meeting after the meeting began and then created a scene asking how it could begin without his presence.
Subsequently, he made allegations of corruption within the administration in the district and irregularities in various developmental schemes being implemented in the State.
Soon thereafter, he began ransacking the place and throwing articles kept on the table on to the floor.
Bahinipati had alleged that all government officials – right from the BDOs to all the other officials – are taking bribe. For every work, they are charging 22% bribe, he said adding that no steps have been taken though various irregularities have been brought to the notice of the Collector.