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Brahmins’ Intensify Stir, Demand Damodar Rout’s Apology


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24 December 2017

Soumya Ranjan Sahoo


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Bhubaneswar: Even as BJD veteran Damodar Rout has been ousted from the Council of Ministers and the party’s vice-president’s post, the Brahmins’ agitation against him appears to be far from settling.

On Sunday, a demonstration led by activists of the Brahmin Samaj raised slogans in the City demanding Rout’s apology over his controversial statements on Brahmins, in which he addressed them as ‘beggars’.

The protesters were apprehended by the police near Sishu Bhavan Square while they were approaching the Paradip MLA’s quarter at Forest Park area.

“Rout should bow down before the intellectuals at the Mukti Mandap in Puri Jagannath Temple and seek apology for his remarks. The protests will continue,” an activist said.

While attempts to reach the Rout for his reactions were futile, Women and Child Development Minister, Prafulla Samal was spotted entering the former’s Government quarter here. Samal, who is also the BJD Observer for Jagatsinghpur district, addressed his meeting as a ‘courtesy visit’.

Meanwhile, as the regional party is all set to celebrate its 20th Foundation Day on December 26 in Puri, speculations are rife that Rout may consider not attending the event.

A day after Chief Minister announced his dismissal from the Council of Ministers, Rout lost the posts of BJD vice-president and party’s Observer for Dhenkanal district.

On the other hand, the Commissionerate of Police has deployed a posse of police personnel Rout’s quarter apprehending law and order issues.

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Sitaram Satpathy, Advisor, Bramhin Samaj

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Prafulla Samal, Women and Child Development Minister, Odisha