.........BHUBANESWAR: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has reportedly taken very strong exception to the unruly behaviour of the party activists during the five-hour hartal to protest the unusual hike in fuel price Monday.Though the BJD leaders chose to maintain tacit silence on the issue following the meeting of the senior leaders of the party with Naveen Patnaik at the latter’s residence on Tuesday, the role of a former minister and a front ranking youth leader of the party in Monday’s hooliganism came in for strong disapproval.
So much so that the youth leader, who is normally present at all the party’s briefings to media, was conspicuous by his absence. The act of the BJD youth brigade at the AG square in the Capital City reportedly formed the core of the discussion.The Chief Minister was also highly unhappy as to why the BJD workers were allowed to crossed the barricade in front of the Raj Bhavan where the BJP workers were staging demonstration.
Sources said the BJD workers were allowed inside the barricade on the promptings of an MLA and former minister. This subsequently led to the clash between the BJD and BJP workers in front of the Raj Bhavan.
BJD leaders, however, avoided the issue at the media conference on Tuesday. Though the leaders said the party was embarrassed by the hooliganism of its workers and admitted that it has sent a bad message to the people, they were silent on what corrective measures the party supremo was contemplating against those responsible for such a lapse.
Meanwhile, BJD MP Tathagat Satpathy said he faced inconvenience due to the hartal. “Son’s exams are on. Hartal made dropping off and picking up difficult. While returning on two-wheeler, both of us got drenched. Tiring day,” he said in a tweet. In a series of tweets on Monday, senior party MP Baijayant Panda had also criticised violence by the BJD workers and said he was ashamed of such behaviour.