Sambit Patra demands ouster of Chilika MLA whose car plowed into a crowd injuring several people

Suspended BJD leader and Chilka MLA Prashant Jagdev's car plowed into a crowd injuring 22 persons seriously.

Published: 13th March 2022 02:34 PM  |   Last Updated: 13th March 2022 02:39 PM   |  A+A-

BJP National Spokesperson Sambit Patra

BJP National Spokesperson Sambit Patra (Photo | EPS)

By Express News Service

BHUBANESWAR: Senior BJP leader and national spokesperson Sambit Patra on Sunday demanded stern action against the suspended BJD leader and Chilika MLA Prashant Jagdev whose car plowed into a crowd injuring 22 persons seriously.

Describing the suspension of Jagdev from BJD as an eyewash, Patra said the regional party should have expelled the MLA for the seriousness of his crime.

"He (Jagdev) has brought disrepute to the peace-loving people of Odisha who are known for their simplicity, good manner, peaceful coexistence and non-violence," Patra told a media conference after visiting the injured at the AIIMS hospital here.

Lambasting the ruling BJD going for going soft on Jagdev even after a series of crimes, the BJP leader who unsuccessfully contested the last Lok Sabha election from Puri constituency under which the Chilika Assembly segment falls, said Jagdev being a habitual offender is given a long rope.

"The BJP came out a clear winner in four of the five states that went to poll recently. Not a single incidence of violence was reported from anywhere. Here in Odisha the ruling BJD is resorting to violence in all elections. This needs to end and the perpetrators of violence seriously dealt with," Patra said.

Accusing Jagdev of driving the vehicle in a drunken condition, Patra said stringent action should be initiated against the Bahubali (rowdy) legislator without delay.

After arrival from New Delhi, Patra straight proceeded to AIIMS hospital where two injured women are undergoing treatment. One of them has a fractured leg while the other has fractured ribs.

Patra visited Banpur where the horrific incident took place on Saturday. He will visit the injured undergoing treatment at the local hospital there and talk to the people. He is scheduled to depart for Delhi this evening.

The BJP has decided to hold silent satyagraha on Monday in all the urban local bodies going to polls on March 24 as a mark of protest to the Banpur incident, said state BJP general secretary Golak Mohapatra.

Patra claimed at least 25 persons, including seven police personnel and local tehsildar, were injured in the incident that occurred in front of the Banpur block office on Saturday.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp