The BJP on Sunday accused Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik of protecting former minister Raghunath Mohanty who is embroiled in a dowry torture case.
Alleging that Mohanty is getting direct protection from the Chief Minister, the party said it will take the issue to the people if Mohanty and his family members are not arrested in connection with the case lodged by the former minister’s daughter-in-law.
The issue was discussed at a party meeting presided by State BJP president KV Singhdeo. The meeting also expressed concern over increasing atrocities on women and the series of the gangrape cases reported from different parts of the State. The deteriorating law and order situation in the State and the BJD Government’s lack of concern for the women will be the major issue during the coming days.
The meeting discussed organisational election with senior party leaders and decided to complete election of the left out 15 organisational districts by the end of April. Organisational election of 22 districts was held amid allegation of bungling and fake membership drive.
Organisational election of the BJP in the State was held up by the central election officer of the party following complaints of irregularities from several districts.
Senior leaders BB Harichandan, Bimbadhar Kuanr, Manmohan Samal, Dharmendra Pradhan, Suresh Pujari, national BJP secretary Surama Padhee and State organising secretary Prasanna Mishra were present at the meeting.