Bhubaneswar: Alleging that there is an unholy nexus between the ruling BJD and the Maoists, Opposition Congress on Sunday demanded a CBI probe into the abduction of BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka.
Leader of Opposition Bhupinder Singh and chief whip of Congress Prasad Harichandan, who are on a dharna in the House premises since Saturday, alleged that the ruling BJD had taken the tacit support of the Chasimulia Adivasi Sangh, a frontal organistion of CPI (Maoist), to form the Koraput Zilla Parishad, the election to which was held on March 13.
Singh said the ‘unholy nexus’ between the BJD and the Maoists had been exposed thoroughly with Maoists-nominated mediator Dandapani Mohanty who in a press conference on Saturday, claimed that Hikaka, played a leading role in the election of President of the Zilla Parishad of Koraput district. The Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangh supported the chairman candidate of the BJD on the basis of a 10-point programme submitted by BJD representatives of Koraput district to the Chief Minister on March 12.
Since the Chief Minister is involved with the Maoists, the whole incident is to probed by the CBI to unearth the actual facts, the Congress lawmakers demanded.
“We will continue to sit till the Assembly reopens on Monday. There is no law and order in the State. When the life of the MLAs cannot be protected by the Government, one can easily imagine the condition of the common man,” said leader of Opposition Bhupinder Singh.