Bhubaneswar: A dalit BJD MLA on Saturday
alleged he was asked by Orissa Chief Minister and party
supremo Naveen Patnaik to withdraw a case of atrocity earlier
filed against the party`s Kandhamal MP.
The chief minister`s office declined to comment on the
BJD`s Daspalla MLA Kashinath Mallik told PTI that "the
chief minister asked me to reach a compromise with Kandhamal
MP Rudra Madhav Ray when I met him at the state secretariat on
May 26. I, along with my wife, had gone to him seeking
protection as our family faced threat from Ray."
Refusing to withdraw the case against Ray or have any
compromise with the Kandhamal MP, Mallik said "the law will
take its own course. I will not withdraw the atrocity case
against Ray under any circumstance."
Besides lodging a complaint with police, Mallik had
also moved Orissa Police`s human rights cell and other
authorities seeking justice.
The dispute between Mallik and Ray took place at a
party rally in Daspalla in Nayagarh district on Wedesday with
both having filed FIRs and at Daspalla Police Station on the
While Mallik lodged a complaint accusing Ray and his
supporters of hurting his sentiments by using the term
"Kandara" (a Scheduled Caste) against him and making
objectionable remarks about his wife, Ray`s supporter Prasanna
Behera (a dalit) also made similar charges against the MLA and
his two supporters.
"We have registred both the complaints (No-30 and 40)
under section 3 of the SC & ST (Prevention of Attocities)
Act, 1989. Both the cases will be forwarded to the court," a
senior official at Daspalla Police Station said.
In another twist, Ray`s supporter Behera in writing
has told police that he did not want any action against the
"My supporter Behera has informed police in writing
for a compromise. I have asked my supporters to withdrw from
the case in deference to the advice of the chief minister,"
Ray told reporters.
Party sources said Patnaik had suggested to both Ray
and Mallik to strike a compromise as the dispute between the
party`s MP and MLA was affecting ruling BJD`s image.
When contacted, the chief minister`s office (CMO) here
refused to make any comment on the allegation made by Mallik,
a SC MLA from Daspalla in Nayagarh district.