Senior Biju Janata Dal leader Baijayant Jay Panda on Monday slammed his own partymen who allegedly didn’t allow an ambulance to pass during the party’s ‘Hak Pain Hartal’ protest against Centre’s fuel price hike. Retweeting a post made by local news organisation, Panda said, “Shameful. I dissociate from & condemn this (I can’t on party’s behalf since I’m no longer the spokesperson). These goons must face action.(sic)” The original tweet had slammed BJD workers for not allowing an ambulance to proceed. “BJD decision to exclude emergency services from #HakPainHartal a farce as party activists do not allow an ambulance to proceed #Odisha, (sic)” the tweet read.
Earlier in the day, BJD workers organised a protest called ‘Hak Pain Hartal’ directed against the hike in price of petrol and diesel, odishatv.in reported. The report said that strike was marked by vandalism, with most important routes of Bhubaneshwar city found to be barricaded with bamboo sticks. Protesters also burnt tyres ensuring many routes became unavailable to the public. Protests started at 7 am and continued till 12 noon. The report said that party had declared that emergency services like hospitals will be excluded from it, however, the protesters even didn’t allow ambulances to pass.
The strike was started by BJD activists in Berhampurrail roko. “BJD has called for a hartal today against the hike in prices of petroleum products. The hartal will continue from 7 am to 12 noon. We request the people to support us and give a strong message to PM Narendra Modi,” said Gopalpur MLA Pradeep Panigrahi was quoted as saying in the report.