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Odisha BJP Youth Wing Clashes With Cops During Protest Over ‘Rising Unemployment’


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07 February 2019

Snigdha Chandan Das


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Bhubaneswar: While marching towards the Odisha Assembly alleging and protesting against growing unemployment in the State, the State unit Youth Wing of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today clashed with the police when the protesters tried to break the police cordon.

The Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) entered into a scuffle with the security personnel while crossing barricades to gherao the Odisha Assembly here.

Several BJP workers were detained following the protest. Bhubaneswar-Cuttack Police Commissioner Satyajit Mohanty told media, “We didn’t allow to enter the area clamped with Section 144. We picked them up from there. About 300-400 workers have been detained. It was done because the Assembly is now under session and Section 144 has also been imposed around the Assembly premises. Hence, there is no question of granting them (BJP protesters) permission.”

“This rally was illegal. They approached the Assembly from various sides like the Mahatma Gandhi Marg, Sachibalaya Marg and Vidyut Marg. We had made elaborate police bandobast. As we had not allowed them to go beyond the Section 144 area, we made preventive arrest. Around 400 BJP workers have been arrested,” the Police Commissioner stated.

The echo of the issue was also heard in the ongoing Budget Session of Odisha Assembly as the BJP MLAs created ruckus before the podium of the Speaker and stalled the usual proceedings of the House.

In his media reactions, BJP MLA Rabi Narayan Naik alleged, “The State Government hasn’t taken any steps for employment opportunities of the youths. On the other hand, youths from other States are getting employment in the industries set up here in Odisha. Legal provision is there that the local youths of the district, where the industries have been set up, they are not getting the facility. There is 65% provision for the local youth’s appointment, but 10-15% are getting while the rest are working as labourers. This is the dismal scene of youth unemployment in Odisha.”

On the contrary, BJD MLA Sanjay Das Burma countered, “Before coming to power in 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had promised the youth mass of India that his government would provide 2 crore employments to the youths per year. Had it been, the figure would have been 10 crores in five years and 36 lakh Odia youths, as per the proportion, should have availed the benefit.”

“The BJP leaderships, those who are today agitating before the election, should provide the list of 36 lakh Odia youths employed by their Government at the Centre. If they could do so, we will retire from the public life,” the senior BJD MLA challenged, bursting, “The way the youths have been deceived by the Prime Minister, the BJP should reply to it first."

He also argued, “Hon’ble Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has been in power in Odisha consecutively for two decades in four stints. He began his rule with a devastated economy of Odisha, but his commitment to Odisha’s growth is praiseworthy and unparalleled. In the field of vocational and professional education as well as the general education, Odisha is a model State in the country. So far employment is concerned, Odisha has made a mark today in the skill development and various other training programmes as well as placement link programmes.”

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Satyajit Mohanty, Police Commissioner, Twin City

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BJP Worker, Odisha

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Rabi Narayan Naik, MLA, BJP, Odisha

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Sanjay Das Burma, MLA, BJD