The Bharatiya Janata Party’s Member of Parliament (MP) and national spokesperson Aparajita Sarangi was forced to remain confined at a house when youth activists gheraoed the house and allegedly pelted stone and eggs at her.
Sarangi was attending an event of senior citizens under the party’s Jana Sampark Yatra at Acharya Vihar. The protesters had gathered to raise voice against the unemployment rate and the rising price of essential commodities like fuel, among others.
Attack on Aparajita Sarangi:
The New Indian Express reported that the MP had to stay inside from 8 PM to 11 PM on November 25 and was later rescued by Bhubaneshwar DCP Uma Shankar Das.
In a statement on November 26, Sarangi said that she does not feel safe in Odisha. “I am a woman MP and I am not safe. It’s the duty of the government to provide me security as an elected representative and as an MP,” she said at a news conference.
Sarangi is an IAS officer turned politician who is serving as a member of parliament from Bhubaneshwar on the BJP seat.
This comes a day after the Chief Minister of Odisha’s car went through the same treatment in Puri. There the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporters had hurled eggs at Naveen Patnaik’s convoy on November 24, Wednesday.
The arrests in Sarangi’s case was made after the personal secretary of the MP, Dhaneswar Barik filed a complaint. In his statement to the police, he alleged that other than eggs, the attackers also hurled stones and were carrying knives and other weapons.
An argument had reportedly broken out between supporters of BJD and BJP at the foundation laying ceremony for the new railway station in Balasore. BJD supporters cheered Patnaik and BJP supporters cheered the name of Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi. The incident occurred in the presence of BJD members of the legislative assembly (MLA) Swarup Das and BJP MP Pratap Sarangi.
According to reports, this clash in cheering led to slogan competition and then arguments. Das and Sarangi cooled down the crowd. The State Youth Wing’s President Suvendu Mangaraj said that the state government had shared in the making of the railway station. But the BJP Yuva Morcha President Rajesh Mohapatra said that the project was sanctioned by Ashwani Vaishaw, the Railway Minister of India.
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