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Jay-BJD war of words over egg pelting continues




 The war of words between Kendrapara MP Baijayant Panda and his own party Biju Janata Dal (BJD) continued today with the former taking a jibe at the police for not acting against those who pelted eggs and stones at him during a programme in Mahanga in Cuttack district recently.

Panda took to Twitter and stated “This is not a school to go to Principal. Thr’s a precedent for police action against throwers of eggs (not to mention stones) shd apply here too”. The MP and his party are at loggerheads over filing of FIR with the concerned police station regarding the incident. Panda’s supporters questioned the motive of the administration and said it deliberately did not ensure presence of sufficient police personnel at the site where the MP had inaugurated a water project from his MPLAD funds. They further stated that the police even did not take trouble mongers into preventive custody as is done when trouble is expected during a dignitary’s visit to a particular spot.

On the other hand, BJD vice-president and State Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Minister Surya Narayan Patro said if Panda wants action against those who pelted eggs at him in Mahanga, then he should have filed an FIR at the concerned police station. Patro, while speaking to reporters on the matter, said action could have been taken had the MP lodged a police complaint just after the incident. “Baijayant Babu is a senior MP and was also our party’s spokesperson. Doesn’t he know about filing an FIR if someone misbehaves with him”?, he questioned. .

He further stated that action could have been taken immediately had he tweeted about the matter to Home Department. “He is responding to his followers and general public but why not tweeting to Home Department”, the minister asked.

The Kendrapara MP earlier through his twitter handle had stated that he was attacked in presence of police which shows the complete breakdown of law and order. “If it needs complaint-filing for action against violence which happens right in front of police, wd that indicate breakdown of law & order”, he had tweeted.






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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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