Another Odisha minister faces egg attack

Bhubaneswar, Jan 5 (IANS) After Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare minister Sanjay Dasburma, Odisha Health Minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak faced egg and tomato attack from Congress workers in Deogarh district on Tuesday.

The Congress workers hurled eggs and tomatoes at the health minister’s car at Kurada village while he was on his way to Deogarh after attending a programme in Sambalpur.

“The youth and students are protesting against the state government for failing to provide employment and irregularities in distribution of ration cards under the National Food Security Act (NFSA),” said Itish Pradhan, state unit president of the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI), an affiliate of the Congress.

“Egg pelting will continue in the coming days against the ministers,” said Pradhan.

Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) president Prasad Harichandan said the ministers are facing the anger of common people following their bungling in distribution of ration cards.

He said the ruling party workers and law makers have benefited from the NFSA in the state.

However, Biju Janata Dal legislator and the ruling party’s students wing president Byomakesh Ray said the Congress workers are pelting eggs only to make their presence felt in the state after a disastrous defeat in several elections.

Earlier, the food supplies and consumer welfare minister faced egg and tomato attacks for two consecutive days in Ganjam and Puri districts.

Meanwhile, Chhatrapur police on Tuesday arrested three persons for allegedly pelting eggs and tomatoes at Dasburma’s car near Chhatrapur College in Ganjam district on Monday.

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