MLA was kidnapped as BJD did not honour deal: Cong

The BJD leadership forged a secret deal to secure vote of the CMAS`s lone candidate to form the Zilla Parishad.

Updated: Mar 27, 2012, 17:45 PM IST

Bhubaneswar: BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka was kidnapped as his party did not honour a "secret deal" struck with the Maoist-backed Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangha during the
recent Zilla Parishad elections, opposition Congress Chief Whip Prasad Harichandan alleged on Tuesday.

"The BJD leadership during the recent Zilla Parishad elections forged a secret deal to secure vote of the CMAS`s lone candidate to form the Zilla Parishad," Harichandan alleged in the assembly.

Hikaka was kidnapped by Maoists as the government did not fulfill conditions of the agreement, he claimed and dubbed the BJD regime a "Maoist government" which was responsible for the abduction.

Harichandan claimed that Hikaka was among four BJD MLAs
besides the BJD MP from Koraput who were signatories to the
agreement.

He said the incident was an outcome the BJD`s "unholy"
nexus with the CMAS, an organisation banned by the state
government in 2006.

Asking the chief minister to reply how his party took
the help of an organisation allegedly having links with
Maoists, he said, "Maoists have abducted two Italian nationals
and an MLA besides killing two security personnel in last 15
days.

"This is not simply an abduction of an MLA, but abduction
of the state`s authority which has knelt down before the
Maoists," he said participating in an adjournment motion on
`MLA abducted, Does Government exist..?`

PTI