Pipili Gang Rape Verdict: BJP Demands Pradeep Maharathy’s Resignation For ‘Insensitive’ Comments

**Bhubaneswar:** The State BJP today demanded Minister Pradeep Maharathy’s resignation alleging that he has hurt the sentiments of people of Odisha by giving apathetic statement on the court verdict over Pipili gang rape case.

Addressing a press conference here on Thursday, BJP Leader Aparajita Sarangi said that the party will launch mass agitation across Odisha if Maharathy continues to hold ministership.

“The comment of Maharathy on the court verdict was unfortunate and contemptible. The Government which endorses 33 percent reservation for women in Parliament should take cognisasnce of his comments and ask Maharathy to quit,” Sarangi said.

BJP Mahila Morcha president Prabhati Parida said that the party would carry out a candle march on Thursday across the State protesting Maharathy’s comment.

“The BJP will launch demonstration if Maharathy does not resign or he is not dismissed from his position within 24-hours. We also demand a CBI probe into the gang rape and murder case,” she said.