Bhubaneswar Mayor Scandal: BJP Team Fails To Meet Odisha CM

**Bhubaneswar: ** The 12-member delegation of the Odisha unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had to return disappointed as Biju Janata Dal (BJD) supremo and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday reportedly did not permit time for the much-awaited appointment.

The BJP delegation, comprising of its senior party leaders, had wished to put forth corroborative evidence against Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) Mayor Ananta Narayan Jena, who has been in the line of fire of the opposition BJP and Congress since the controversial sex video allegedly linking the Mayor went viral and also his alleged role in the mysterious death of an engineering student Ashutosh Mohanty alias Rishi in May this year.

Demanding both the resignation and arrest of the contentious Mayor, who hails from ruling BJD, the opposition BJP and Congress have been hitting the streets for the past few days.

They are further demanding for a free and fair probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

While the Chhatra and Youth Congress activists had a tug of war with the police personnel on the day while they were on their way to gherao the Mayor’s residence here, BJP has given a Bhubaneswar bandh call on Wednesday.

As the Chief Minister did not give a patient audience to the irate BJP delegation though it was much sought after, Wednesday’s “Bhubaneswar Bandh” is expected to be intense.

While waiting outside the gate of the State Secretariat to meet the CM, Odisha BJP Mahila Morcha president Prabhati Parida said, “We’ve come here to apprise the Chief Minister about the Mayor’s role in the sex video scandal and Rushi’s murder that has not only tarnished the image of Bhubaneswar in Odisha, but also in India.”

After failing to meet the CM, BJP state vice president Sameer Mohanty said, “It proves that the Chief Minister is shielding the controversial first citizen of Bhubaneswar who has been embroiled in the sex video scandal and the murder of engineering student Rushi. We had come here with corroborative evidence against the Mayor to put forth before the Chief Minister for action, but were turned down.”

Later in the evening, Mohanty at a press meet elaborated on their Bhubaneswar bandh plan informing that the students having exams and essential services will be exempted from the Hartaal tomorrow (Wednesday).