BHUBANESWAR: BJP nationwide vice-president and former Kendrapara MP Baijayant Panda’s barb, a tweet wherein he equated police motion towards a journalist of the information channel run by his household in Odisha to absence of authorized processes in Pakistan, has not gone down nicely with the ruling BJD.
The previous MP had drawn parallels between Odisha and Maharashtra and described the state of affairs within the two states as “actual fascism”. “Shameful how Maharashtra & Odisha police merely “choose up” & assault journalists & do custodial interrogation, with out following the fundamental means of legislation, like in Pakistan. That is actual fascism,” his tweet stated.His submit evoked robust response from BJD leaders who described it as unlucky and ‘shameful’.
Pranab Prakash Das, normal secretary (organisation) of BJD, responded by stating that it was disrespectful of individuals of Odisha and its tradition. “Nothing extra shameful than evaluating your individual state with Pakistan. Colossal disrespect for the Odia tradition and the folks of Odisha. Hope higher sense prevails and this insult for the folks of Kendrapara, all the state stops right here!”
Das was supported by BJD spokesperson and Rajya Sabha MP Sasmit Patra who termed it “unlucky”. “Jay Panda @PandaJay feels Odisha has grow to be Pakistan, the identical state that despatched him to each homes of the Parliament. The identical folks of Kendrapara who ensured it. The identical Tulasi Khetra. That is an insult to each Odia and to Odia tradition as nicely,” Patra posted within the micro-blogging website.
Patra’s fellow social gathering member and Rajya Sabha MP Amar Patnaik additionally tweeted, “Everyone knows the legislation. Freedom of expression comes with restrictions & definitely doesn’t cowl pretend information, tarnishing picture of individuals & a lot much less a tribal girl MP, in most reprehensible kind, a pretend intercourse video! All know penalties if this occurred in Pakistan Let’s not idiot folks!”
In his tweet, Patnaik stated he was appalled on the remedy to a girl. “I tweet this in help of all ladies of India,” he posted.
Panda, later, clarified his tweet by saying that he by no means equated Odisha with Pakistan. “I solely stated that Odisha police is behaving like Pakistan police. My tweet is being twisted by a determined BJD,” he stated.