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Shun Violent Means, Pave Path For Peaceful Polls: Dharmendra Pradhan


15 April 2019

Debashish Maharana


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Bhubaneswar: In the wake of the murder of BJP’s Khurda Mandal president Manjuli Jena by a bike-borne unidentified assailant near Nabina Bag area as well as near the residence of Khurda BJP MLA candidate’ residence late last night, Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan today exhorted that violent means should be spurned in a bid to allow the elections run peacefully.

Convening a press meet today at the State BJP Headquarters here, Pradhan fumed, “Police haven’t rushed to the spot. How can it be speculated that the reason behind the murder is past enmity? Was the recent gruesome rape and murder of a minor girl there the outcome of past enmity?”

Pradhan further said, “I appeal the BJP workers to face the situation patiently, adding, “This incident (murder) has taken place a week before the poll. Bullet (violence) is not the answer to ballot in a democracy. Its reply is to be given by means of vote. If the miscreants are defeated by votes, it ought to be the best means to curb violence in a democracy.”     

Soon after BJP Khurda Mandal President Manjuli Jena was shot dead last night, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik condemned the killing and urged the Election Commission today to look into the matter and take strict action.The BJD supremo took to Twitter and wrote, “Democracy has no place for violence. I strongly condemn the heinous murder that has taken place in Khurda last night. I convey my deepest sympathy to the family members of the deceased.”

Naveen has also tweeted, “I urge the Election Commission to look into the matter with utmost priority and direct the cops to take strict action in order to prevent such incidents from happening again.” 

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Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Petroleum Minister