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Niranjan for tabling Kalinga Nagar panel report in Assembly




 Senior Congress Leader Niranjan Patnaik has rejected the Cabinet decision accepting a ‘sterile’ Kalinga Nagar Commission Report and has demanded immediate tabling of the same in the State Assembly for a discussion.

“Naveen Babu should show moral courage to let his MLAs express their views on the findings of the Judicial Commission un-encumbered by party whip”, he said. Patnaik added that the commission was entrusted with the task of establishing liabilities for the death of 12 persons for death in Police firing on January 2, 2006. “But, it has reportedly exonerated all authorities of any liability in what Patnaik calls is a ‘carefully orchestrated white-wash’”, he stated.

“The Judicial Commission is a litigation process that is better managed by Companies and the officialdom. The adivasis must have been unable to engage proper legal counsel, file affidavits on time and depose before the Commission. On the other hand the state machinery would have produced elaborate records and would have managed the litigation in their favour. It is unlikely that in such an adversarial judicial process the poor adivasis will ever get justice”, contended Patnaik.

Despite intelligence warning of a blood bath in the event of a forcible land acquisition and without a single family having agreed to be displaced, the district authorities were trying to forcibly construct a compound wall. Now the state government is unwilling to accept vicarious liability for the consequences of an ill-conceived displacement effort and has now obtained a stamp of approval, he said.

“In a welfare State protecting the weak and the poor is the responsibility of the government. But, if the government conspires to deny justice and wants the adivasis to win a complex litigation, never will the weak get justice”, he said.

 “The BJD Government is a puppet in the hand of bureaucrats and industry lobby groups and people of Odisha will reject such callous and insensitive treatment of tribal issues, when the time comes”, the senior Congress leader stated.






Editorial

Précis 2017
From asking his party men to ‘live a simple life and serve the people’ to taunting the BJP for its ‘crocodile tears’, Chief Minister and BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik has not only become politically invincible, he seems to be so in the coming years too.

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