BJP Funding Lawyers' Protest In Odisha: BJD

01 November 2018

Ajesh Mallick

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Bhubaneswar: Amid ongoing protests by lawyers in the State, the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) on Thursday alleged that political forces are trying to stall governance in Odisha by provoking ‘extra-constitutional’ agitations.

BJD Spokesperson and Cuttack MLA, Debasis Samantray said that political parties are inciting the lawyers' strike in Orissa High Court.

"A certain pattern has been observed in pursuance of the lawyers' strike. It becomes more evident when both the parties have sit together multiple times and had fruitful discussions," Samantray said.

The BJD legislator further alleged that "some political parties" are funding the protests to hinder development before the 2019 elections. "It is the BJP which has been instrumental in fanning as well as funding all the strikes in Odisha from the past one year," Samantray added.

The BJP shot back shot back at the ruling party, denying the allegations. Odisha BJP Spokesperson Sameer Mohanty said that BJD workers attempted to forcibly enter into the Orissa High Court with the help of Biju Yuva Vahini members and resorted violence.

"They also tried intervening into the Lawyers strike by using police force. Since, their attempts have failed, the BJD has started blaming the BJP," Mohanty added.

Leader of opposition, Narasingh Mishra said that though he raised the matter of early resolution of the protest, the matter has worsened.

"It is the fundamental right of every citizen to get justice. And it is the responsibility of the Government to ensure that this right is seamlessly available to the people. I have raised this issue (lawyers' strike) in the assembly but the State Government has continued to be a mum spectator of the events which unfolded in the recent past.

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Debashis Samantray, Spokesperson, BJD

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Sameer Mohanty, Spokesperson, BJP, Odisha

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Narasingha Mishra, Leader of Opposition, Odisha