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Stones pelted at Union Textile Minister Santosh Gangwar in Odisha, BJD MLA arrested


We live in a democratic country where we have the right to freedom and speech and our constitution gives us freedom of actions. In India, we have seen many people taking out their frustrations on the ministers by using their freedom of actions. Slapping the ministers, throwing ink on them and what not is a common practice in northern India.

The same is the story in the southern India, Bargarh, Odisha where some workers from BJD party threw stones on Santosh Gangwar . Where he went to attend the Vikas Parva. The tussle between ruling Biju Janata Dal and opposition BJP took an ugly turn when  several BJD workers including party MLA Debesh Acharya stoned the vehicle of Union Textiles Minister Santosh Gangwar in western Odisha town of Bargarh while he was on his way to attend BJP’s Vikash Utsav.

However, Gangwar escaped unhurt.

As the motorcade of Gangwar, minister of state for food processing Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti and former Jharkhand chief minister Arjun Munda made its way to the meeting ground at Dasamaili Chhak in Bargarh on Friday, hundreds of BJD workers led by local MLA Acharya, son of BJD Rajya Sabha MP and former minister Prasanna Acharya showed black flags and raised slogans asking him to go back.

This morning BJD workers had taken out a bike rally in the town protesting against BJP’s Vikas Utsav, the celebration of two years of the Narendra Modi government.

With police showing a little laxity, some BJD workers then started stoning Gangwar’s vehicle damaging the window of his car. But before any more damage could take place, the policemen could safely cordon off the minister’s vehicle. BJD workers also ransacked a handloom saree showroom in the city, where Gangwar was scheduled to meet some weavers.

Whereas on the other hand, the police is still mum but 100 people have been detained so far.

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