With police showing a little laxity, some BJD workers then started stoning Gangwar’s vehicle damaging the window of his car.The tussle between ruling Biju Janata Dal and opposition BJP took an ugly turn on Friday with several BJD workers including party MLA Debesh Acharya stoning the vehicle of Union Textiles Minister Santosh Gangwar in western Odisha town of Bargarh while he was on his way to attend BJP’s Vikash Utsav.
However, Gangwar escaped unhurt.
As the motorcade of Gangwar, minister of state for food processing Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti and former Jharkhand chief minister Arjun Munda made its way to the meeting ground at Dasamaili Chhak in Bargarh on Friday, hundreds of BJD workers led by local MLA Acharya, son of BJD Rajya Sabha MP and former minister Prasanna Acharya showed black flags and raised slogans asking him to go back.
This morning BJD workers had taken out a bike rally in the town protesting against BJP’s Vikas Utsav, the celebration of two years of the Narendra Modi government.
With police showing a little laxity, some BJD workers then started stoning Gangwar’s vehicle damaging the window of his car. But before any more damage could take place, the policemen could safely cordon off the minister’s vehicle. BJD workers also ransacked a handloom saree showroom in the city, where Gangwar was scheduled to meet some weavers.Describing the incident as “unfortunate”, Gangwar said security and safety of a union minister was the duty of the State government. “I hold Naveen Patnaik responsible for this. In a state where a union minister is not safe, what would be condition of common men,” he asked.
Police later arrested Acharya and several other BJD workers over the stone-pelting case. The BJP later in a press conference alleged that the stone throwing was done at the instruction of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. BJP leader Bhrigu Buxipatra said in future BJP will protest against the BJD ministers and he CM.
BJD however defended the protest with party MLA Prafulla Samal saying there is nothing wrong in opposing union ministers. Today’s Vikas Utsav was the 5th in the series of such meeting by BJP to celebrate the completion of Modi’s two year as Prime Minister. The first Vikas Utsav on June 2 at Balasore was addressed by Modi and saw a gathering of over 1 lakh people. This month union road transport minister Nitin Gadkari, civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju, minister of state for chemicals and fertilisers Hansraj Gangaram Ahir have addressed Vikas Utsav in Bhubaneswar and Berhampur.