CM Naveen Patnaik, Dibya Shankar Mishra share stage amid Opp’s demand for latter’s resignation

Bhawanipatna: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Minister Dibya Shankar Mishra today shared dais at a government programme in Odisha’s Kalahandi district amid demand by Opposition BJP and Congress parties for resignation of the latter over the Mamita Meher murder case.

The Chief Minister today went to Kalahandi to launch the Smart Health Card under the Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana in the district. Mishra, MLA of Junagarh constituency in the district, joined the programme and shared the stage with the CM, besides praising Patnaik in his speech at the event.

On the other hand, the Odisha unit of the BJP today took out a rally from Rajmahal Square to Sishu Bhawan Square in Bhubaneswar protesting the Chief Minister’s visit to the district. A scuffle broke out between BJP workers and police at the Sishu Bhawan Square as the cops prevented the saffron party workers from heading towards Naveen Nivas, residence of the CM in the capital city.

Police later took the BJP workers into preventive custody.

Notably, Opposition BJP and Congress parties have been demanding resignation of the minister alleging Mishra’s links with Govind Sahu, prime accused in the sensational Mamita Meher murder case.

Yesterday, BJP workers allegedly hurled eggs at a car in which Minister Dibya Shankar Mishra was travelling in Kalahandi. The saffron party workers opposed Mishra’s visit to the district and hurled eggs at the vehicle besides showing him black flags near the College Chhak as the minister was heading towards Junagarh for attending a programme organised by the Biju Janata Dal (BJD).

Party’s organisational secretary Pranab Prakash Das was present with Mishra inside the car. Subsequently, a scuffle broke out between the workers of the BJD and the BJP at the spot.

The murder of 24-year-old Mamita Meher of Jharni village under Turekela block of Balangir district had sent shockwaves across the state. While Mamita was working as a teacher at the Sunshine English Medium School at Mahaling in Kalahandi district, Sahu was the managing committee president of the educational institution.

Mamita went missing on October 8. Alleging involvement of Govind Sahu behind her missing, Mamita’s family members had lodged a complaint with police.

On October 19, bones of Mamita’s body were exhumed from a stadium construction site of the school in the presence of police.

The woman’s body was chopped into pieces before being burnt, said a member of the scientific team probing into the incident.

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