Statement of BJD Spokesperson Dr. Sasmit Patra on BJP Press Meet

We had already informed yesterday that Chilika MLA Prasant Jagdev is no longer in the

Odisha BJP has demanded in its press meet today that strictest action be taken against
the Chilika MLA. We had already demanded this yesterday, that the strongest and
strictest action be taken against the accused by the Police.

Despite knowing this truth, if the BJP wants to drag the BJD unnecessarily to politicize
this barbaric incident, then it’s extremely sad and unfortunate.

Attempts at politicizing this barbaric incident must be avoided. We should not get into
politics in this matter. The BJP Spokesperson Dr. Sambit Patra personally stated this at
the Bhubaneswar Airport to the media this morning.

We would like to remind the Odisha BJP that when a similar incident had taken place in
their party ruled state, they had appealed not to politicize that issue and let law take its
course. But the Odisha BJP is taking another stand on this issue now. We appeal to the
Odisha BJP not to indulge in double standards on such sensitive issues.

The Police had already issued a statement yesterday on the strictest action being taken
against the Chilika MLA and we are sure that the accused will face the strictest
punishment as per law of the land. Let us all allow the law of the land to prevail.