Bhubaneswar: In a bid to intensify its
demand for resignation of Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik
over Vedanta University controversy, Congress on Sunday announced
its plan to stage a demonstration and gherao the state
assembly building here on December 14.
"It is unfortunate that Patnaik is defending land
acquisition for Vedanta University instead of resigning after
Orissa High Court declared the entire process illegal," Orissa
Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) President K P Singhdeo said
at a party meeting here.
By clinging on to his post, the chief minister is
showing little respect towards the November 16 verdict of the
High Court which has ordered return of all land acquired for
the proposed university along Konark-Puri marine drive to the
original land owners, he said.
Since the Chief Minister has termed the demand for his
resignation as unjustified, Congress workers would stage a
demonstration and gherao the assembly building here, he said.
Congress workers have been staging demonstrations in
different districts seeking Patnaik`s resignation for
illegalities committed for land acquisition for the proposed
world class university and the campaign would be intensified,