//Orissa opposition demands removal of BJP minister for inflammatory speech

Orissa opposition demands removal of BJP minister for inflammatory speech

Orissa Opposition turns heat on Jaynarayan Mishra

Bhubaneswar, May 14: Close on the heels of three ministers in the Naveen Patnaik ministry resigning in quick succession over different issues, the Opposition has turned the heat on yet another minister.

Congress and CPI leaders have demanded the dismissal of Minister of State for Commerce and Transport Jayanarayan Mishra, who belongs to the BJP, alleging that he had tried to create communal tension in his constituency.

A delegation of leaders of the two parties called on Governor Rameswar Thakur and submitted a memorandum yesterday to demand Mishra's ouster from the BJD-BJP ministry.

They alleged the BJP and Sangh Parivar activists had tried to stir up communal frenzy when a religious procession was taken out in Sambalpur city in western Orissa on April 14 on the occasion of Hanuman Jayanti.

Mishra had delivered inflamatory speeches and held a sword while marching at the head of the procession, they alleged. The other persons in the procession carried weapons, they claimed.

Two videotapes of the procession were submitted by the delegation to the Governor. They alleged Mishra had acted against his constitutional responsibility.

The Opposition delegation included the Leader of Opposition JB Patnaik, State Congress president Jayadev Jena, and CPI state secretary Nityananda Pradhan.