Bhubaneswar/Cuttack: The ongoing lawyers’ strike has taken a political turn after three major political parties started mud-slinging at each other for the disruption of court activities following a scuffle between two groups of advocates today in Orissa High Court.
PCC president Niranjan Patnaik held chief minister Patnaik responsible for the stalemate. “High Court, lower courts are not functioning for past three months. The CM has failed to resolve the issue despite repeated appeals. At a time when lawyer agitation has taken a political colour, the chief minister should not remain silent and behave like ‘Gandhari’,” he said.
Similarly, BJP disliked the intervention of BJD legal front in the lawyers’ strike. “The CM always says laws will take its own course. The strike was confined to only lawyers. But why BJD interfered in the stir to gain political mileage? BJP State vice president Sameer Mohanty said.
Similarly, BJP’s Bijoy Mohapatra urged the Law Minister and secretary to intervene in the lawyers’ issue and resolve the logjam.
“The agitation has crossed all limits. The strike has denied justice to everyone. The matter should not be stretched further and Law Minister and his department officials should immediately intervene in the matter,” Mohapatra said.
BJD, however, saw BJP’s hand in the lawyers’ agitation.”After two months of stalemate, some lawyers (members of BJD legal front) wanted to resume the court proceedings. But some people obstructed the move. The trouble for the common man mounted further due to the agitation,” BJD spokesperson Pratap Deb said.
A split has appeared in the lawyers’ unity after a group led by BJD legal front today scuffled with striking advocates while trying to enter High Court today.
The BJD legal cell which had earlier withdrawn its support to the strike, today tried to enter the High Court to resume court proceedings. The striking lawyers restricted them by locking up all the gates of the court and staged dharna in front of all gates. A scuffle ensued between the two groups following which the activists of the BJD legal fronts were not able to join work.