Demand for Naveen Patnaik`s resignation

The Congress workers set afire Naveen Patnaik`s effigy accusing him of functioning as an agent of multinational companies and corporate giants.

Last Updated: Nov 17, 2010, 18:04 PM IST

Bhuabneswar: Demand for Orissa Chief
Minister Naveen Patnaik`s resignation intensified on Wednesday amid burning of his effigies and holding demonstrations after the
High Court on Tuesday declared illegal the land acquisition for
the Rs 15,000 crore Vedanta University project.

A large number of activists of BJP`s youth wing staged
a demonstration near the busy Master Canteen square shouting
slogans against the BJD government in the state accusing it of
violating all laws and rules to extend undue favour to the
Vedanta group.

The demonstrators burnt an effigy of the chief
minister asking him to tender his resignation forthwith as the
High Court verdict that quashed the entire land acquisition
process for the proposed university was a blow to illegal
actions of his government.

Since all decisions pertaining to the university
proposed to be set up along Konark-Puri Marine Drive was taken
at the chief minister`s office, Patnaik must quit, the
protesters carrying banners and placards said.

"After working against the interest of Orissa and its
people to favour Vedanta, Naveen Patnaik should step down
immediately. He has lost all moral right to continue in
office," senior BJP leader B B Harichandan said.

Congress, which sought the chief minister`s
resignation minutes after the High Court verdict, also staged
a demonstration in Berhampur to press for its demand.

The Congress workers set afire Naveen Patnaik`s effigy
accusing him of functioning as an agent of multinational
companies and corporate giants.

Ganjam district president of Congress, Bhagaban
Gantayat said party workers would campaign against the ruling
BJD.

Senior Congress leaders, including leader of
opposition Bhupinder Singh, said their party would raise the
Vedanta issue during the winter session of the state assembly
beginning from November 23.

PTI