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BJYM demands Naveen's resignation

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He should own moral responsibility on Vedanta land deal in view of court order, say activists


More than 300 activists are taken into custody

Oram criticises BJD government for the mining scam and farmers' suicides


— Photo: Lingaraj Panda

Baying for blood: Members of the Bharatiya Janata Party demonstrating in front of the Assembly in Bhubaneswar on Tuesday.

BHUBANESWAR: Thousands of activists and workers of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, the youth wing of the Bharatiya Janata Party, staged a rally outside the State Assembly here on Tuesday demanding resignation of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik over the controversial Vedanta University land deal.

Holding party flag, banners and placards in their hands, the activists raised slogans against the Chief Minister demanding that he step down on moral grounds in view of the High Court order holding that the land acquisition for the proposed university was in violation of laws and ordering that the acquired land be restored to the original owners.

More than 300 activists were taken into custody when they tried to break the police cordon on the Mahatma Gandhi Marg to proceed towards the State Assembly building.

Earlier, they came to the venue of the rally in a procession from their party's State headquarters in the city.

Many senior leaders of the party who addressed the rally include Biswabhushan Harichandan, Jual Oram, K.V. Singh Deo and Suresh Pujari.

In his address, Mr. Oram criticised the Chief Minister for allegedly showing undue favours to the Vedanta Group and said that Mr. Patnaik had no moral right to stay in power any longer.

Mr. Oram also blamed the BJD government for the mining scam, coal scam and farmers' suicides in the State.

Mr. Harichandan questioned the State government's intention behind violating the laws for Vedanta University. The people would not forgive the Chief Minister for the violation of laws, he added.

Blaming the State government for corruption at various levels of the administration, Mr. Singh Deo announced that their party will continue to demand for Mr. Patnaik's resignation both inside and outside the State Assembly.

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