Union Ministers Santosh Gangwar and Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti convoy attacked with stones in Odisha

By: | Published: June 24, 2016 7:13 PM

Union Ministers Santosh Gangwar and Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti today had a rough going during their visit here as alleged BJD supporters including some MLAs pelted stones and showed black flags to their cavalcade.

Union Textiles Minister Santosh Gangwar and Union Minister of State for Food Processing Industries Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti faced the wrath of BJD leaders when they arrived in the district to attend BJP's Vikas Parv Rally, marking completion of two years of NDA Government at the Centre, a police official said. (PTI)Union Textiles Minister Santosh Gangwar and Union Minister of State for Food Processing Industries Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti faced the wrath of BJD leaders when they arrived in the district to attend BJP’s Vikas Parv Rally, marking completion of two years of NDA Government at the Centre, a police official said. (PTI)

Union Ministers Santosh Gangwar and Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti today had a rough going during their visit here as alleged BJD supporters including some MLAs pelted stones and showed black flags to their cavalcade.

Union Textiles Minister Santosh Gangwar and Union Minister of State for Food Processing Industries Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti faced the wrath of BJD leaders when they arrived in the district to attend BJP’s Vikas Parv Rally, marking completion of two years of NDA Government at the Centre, a police official said.

At least nine platoons (around 270 personnel) of police were deployed as part of security measures for the visit of the two ministers and the rally. The protesting BJD supporters showed black flags and demonstrated in front of Gangwar’s vehicle, he said.

Also Read: Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti condemns fatwa against ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ slogan

At least three vehicles, including one carrying Gangwar, were damaged in the incident, the official added.

“The police turned mute spectator when BJD leaders and supporters showed black flags without any hindrance,” BJP state general secretary Bhrugu Buxipatra alleged.

Unfazed by the protest, Gangwar reached the venue to attend the rally. Tension erupted when BJP supporters opposed the BJD action. BJD workers also protested near Gandhi Chhak wearing black shirts and holding black flags, Buxipatra said.

The BJD workers, led by Bargarh MLA Debesh Acharya, also took out a bike rally in the town this morning protesting BJP’s Vikas Utsav, the countrywide celebration of two years of the Narendra Modi government.
Defending his party workers’ actions Acharya said, “We have protested in a democratic manner”.

BJD activists also allegedly ransacked a saree show room in the city, where Gangwar was scheduled to hold discussion with some weavers later today, the police official said.

“This is an unfortunate incident. It is responsibility of the state government to provide security to the visiting union ministers. If union ministers are not safe in the state, the state government and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik should ponder whether common people can live peacefully here,” Gangwar said.

Get live Stock Prices from BSE and NSE and latest NAV, portfolio of Mutual Funds, calculate your tax by Income Tax Calculator, know market’s Top Gainers, Top Losers & Best Equity Funds. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Switch to Hindi Edition