With visiting union ministers facing egg attacks and black flag demonstrations in Odisha, BJP today called for a Sundergarh shutdown on Friday on the issue and will meet the governor to draw his attention to the issue.
The Sundergarh district unit has called for a 7-hour shutdown from 6 am to 1 pm on Friday to protest against the throwing of eggs at Union Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram's vehicle by supporters of BJD and Congress yesterday and waiving of black flags at him in Kendrapara district.
Senior BJP leader Braja Sundar Bhuyan has filed an FIR at Aul police station accusing 22 persons in the incident.
Party sources said the BJP activists would stage protests tomorrow demanding arrest of the persons involved in the egg attack under the SC and ST Atrocity Prevention Act as Oram belongs to the tribal community.
"The bandh call is given as Oram hails from that district and also represents Sundergarh in the Lok Sabha," said BJP state president Basant Panda.
He condemned the egg throwing at Oram and said this type of incident is not acceptable in a democratic set up. "This shows lack of law and order situation in the state," Panda said adding that Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is himself in charge of the home department.
Panda said a BJP delegation lead by him will meet Governor S C Jamir tomorrow and apprise him about the prevailing law and order situation in the state in the wake of the frequent egg attacks and black flag demonstrations against visiting union ministers.
Before Oram, Union Agriculture Minister Radhamohan had also faced egg attack and black flag demonstration in the state capital.
Last year Union Minister Santosh Gangwar's vehicle was also attacked allegedly by BJD workers led by an MLA.
Meanwhile, the police today detained at least eight Youth Congress activists on the charge of attempting to show black flag to Union Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises minister Babul Supriyo in Bhadrak district.
Eggs and black flags were seized from the Congress activists, the police said.
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