Bhubaneswar, Oct 19: BJP national vice-president and former MP Baijayant Panda on Sunday landed himself in a controversy on the internet by allegedly comparing the law and order situation in Odisha with that of Pakistan. Panda’s remark has triggered protests across the state with political parties, student & youth wings and social outfits protesting the former MP.
Social outfits like—Sangini, Eita Jibana, Helping Hand, Brundaban Colony Seva Samiti and Sai Seva Samiti today jointly held a protest at Station Chhak at Jharsuguda and condemned Panda’s remark.
They also demanded Panda to tender an apology to the people of the state.
Similarly, protests erupted in Sambalpur over Panda’s Tweet. Members of Swabhiman Sambalpur today held a rally and burnt the effigy of the former MP.
Panda’s remark has also irked the student unit of ruling BJD. Members of Biju Chhatra Janata Dal (BCJD) burnt the effigy of Panda at Badambadi in Cuttack and demanded an apology from the former MP.
They also threatened to hold protests across the state if Panda fails to tender apology.
“Shameful how Maharashtra & Odisha police simply “pick up” & assault journalists & do custodial interrogation, without following the basic process of law, like in Pakistan. This is real fascism. Please speak up for Ramesh Rath of @otvnews & @pradip103 of @republic,” Panda had tweeted.
Panda’s tweet came after Ramesh Rath of OTV was picked up by the police here on Thursday in connection with a airing of viral fake sex video of a female BJD MP.