SENIOR MINISTER HACKLED IN HIS OFFICE

OM Bureau

Bhubaneswar:

His own party men from Tirtol constituency heckled minister for Pachayatiraj and Secretary general of Biju Janata Dal, Dr. Damodar Raut in his Secretariat chamber on May 31. The local Press had earlier reported that the same Minister had faced the same sort of humiliation the day before in his official residence.

The party members went berserk as the Minister refused to intervene in transfer of a Junior Engineer of the Block and a District Inspector of Schools. About twenty active members of BJD led by Deputy Chairman of the District Board Mr. N.C.Nayak and local party unit president Ashok Raut shouted at the Minister in most objectionable manners.

But no action against them was sought for by the Minister. The Secretariat security staff also remained silent. How could they come into the Secretariat, who gave them permission, is not determined.

This is a sample of how in the hands of the ruling party members the Secretariat has lost its sanctity and security.

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