BALANGIR: Hurling eggs at the ruling party ministers seems to have turned out to be the latest trend of protest by the opposition party activists in Odisha.
Handlooms and textile minister Snehangini Chhuria who was attacked with eggs at Patanagarh in Bolangir district on Tuesday became the latest victim of the wrath of the opposition parties.
Sources said two youths threw eggs at the vehicle of the minister at Gandhi Chhack and Dangabahal while she was on her way to attend a women empowerment programme.
An embarrassed district police later changed the route of the minister and she was taken on a different road to reach the venue.
As per the reports reached here, police have detained one youth in this connection and he is being interrogated.
Opposition party activists have pelted eggs at about half a dozen ministers including chief minister Naveen Patnaik in the recent past.
Earlier, cooperation and excise minister Damodar Rout, agriculture minister Pradeep Maharathy, steel and mines minister Prafulla Mallick, food supplies and consumer welfare minister Sanjay Dasburma, Panchayati Raj, law minister Arun Sahoo and former health minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak had faced similar attacks during their visits to the districts.
Locking horns with the BJP, some BJD supporters had recently hurled eggs at the vehicle of BJP leader Lekhashree Samantasinghar during her tour to Pipli in Puri district.