BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka
BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka
Bhubaneswar: While the Maoists deadline for Shri Jhina Hikaka, Hon’ble MLA, Laxmipur, to resign from the post of MLA ended on May 10, Hikaka after his meeting with Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday said that, he had left the matter to the CM to decide whether he would continue as the MLA of Laxmipur or not.

Hikaka, who was released from Maoist captivity after spending 34 days as a hostage met Patnaik on Monday for the second time after his release. He had earlier met Patnaik on April 30, accompanied by his wife Kausalya and two sons.

When asked about the CM’s decision on his resignation issue, Hikaka said “CM is going on a foreign tour from May 22. A decision in this regard will be taken after his return.”

Earlier, Patnaik had said Hikaka must not quit under outside pressure. “Why should anyone, who has been elected democratically, resign under prersure? I do not believe in that at all,” Patnaik had said.

It is noteworthy to mention Hikaka, who was abducted by the Andhra Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee of the CPI(Maoist) on March 24, was released on April 26, after giving an undertaking in the ‘praja court’ that he would resign as MLA within 15 days of his release. However since the day of his release he has been dodging questions about his future course of action.

Source: 360 NS