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Odisha politics hots up over Rath Yatra deaths


Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jul 20:

Politics is hotting up over the three unnatural deaths during the Nabakalebar Rath Yatra in Odisha’s holy town of Puri on Saturday.

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While the Congress has demanded resignation of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on moral grounds for the lapses in the arrangements and has sought a judicial inquiry into the incident, the BJP has sought punishment for those guilty of negligence and lapses.

“Since required steps were not taken, the Chief Minister has lost the moral right to hold on to the Chief Minister’s chair. He should immediately tender his resignation. He should order a judicial inquiry by a sitting judge and beg apology from the public,” said Leader of the Opposition in the State Assembly and senior Congress leader Narasingha Mishra.

The BJP demanded a judicial inquiry into the tragic incident and has sought punishment for those responsible for the negligence that led to the loss of valuable lives.

“I feel there should be a judicial probe collectively into these incidents. Moreover, those responsible for the incidents, for the negligence or lapses leading to the loss of two precious lives they should be punished,” said BJP’s national secretary Suresh Pujari.

The BJD, on the other hand, claimed that the Opposition is frustrated since they had expected more such mishaps to take place and their government had immediately provided relief to the victims of the tragic incident.

“They are frustrated now and had expected more mishaps to happen; such words from their mouths don’t sound nice. People are aware of how the tragic incidents took place. The government has immediately provided them with assistance and their treatment is going on,” said BJD spokesperson and MLA from Barchana Amar Prasad Satpathy.