Opposition blames govt for Orissa MLA`s killing

Congress MP from Nawarangpur, Pradeep Majhi said the security cover provided to the slain MLA was grossly inadequate.

Last Updated: Sep 25, 2011, 13:56 PM IST

Bhubaneswar: Holding the BJD government
responsible for the killing of ruling party MLA Jagabandhu
Majhi, opposition parties on Sunday said the incident exposed
complete collapse of law and order and inadequate security
provided to legislators in Maoist-hit areas.

"The state government is responsible for the gunning
down of the BJD MLA. It shows utter failure on part of the
chief minister, also in-charge of home department," Leader of
the Opposition in the state Assembly Bhupinder Singh said.

Accusing the BJD government of being indifferent to
security needs, the Congress leader said the common people
felt unsafe when a legislator of ruling party was shot dead at
a public meeting held in a highly sensitive Naxal-hit area.

State BJP President Jual Oram said, "The state government
is fully responsible for the killing of Jagabandhu Majhi and
his personal security officer. It never gave proper attention
to security requirements of people in Maoist-affected areas."

Both Oram and Singh were of the view that law and order
machinery had completely collapsed under Naveen Patnaik`s
regime making people highly insecure.

Slamming the state government for the incident, senior
BJP leader Bijay Mohapatra said the unprecedented killing of
an MLA at a public event had exposed as to how ineffective the
police administration was. "It shows law and order machinery
has collapsed due to lack of proper policy," he said.

CPI`s state Secretary Dibakar Nayak said, "How can a
government which failed to protect an elected representative
provide security to common people."

Congress MP from Nawarangpur, Pradeep Majhi said the
security cover provided to the slain MLA was grossly
inadequate despite the fact that he had faced attacks earlier
in the Maoist-hit region.

PTI