Kendrapara: The high-profile MP Baijayant Panda today faced a major embarrassment with a group of people uprooting the stone plaque soon after he inaugurated a rural drinking water project in Purusottampur village under Marshaghai police station jurisdiction.
Earlier Panda had a tough time to gain entry into the meeting place as BJD cadres including women activists blocked the road leading to the meeting place. As “Go back Baijayant” slogan rent the air, Panda, earlier suspended from the party for alleged anti-party activist, flanked by policemen reached the venue with his group of loyal supporters mainly from Kendrapara town. The gathering was hardly impressive as the MP dwelt at length the welfares measures set in motion by him MPLADS funds.
The drinking water project had been earlier implemented. It was also inaugurated in the past by local Panchayatiraj representatives. Panda had released Mplads grants for the construction overhead tank. Our MP has resorted to cheap publicity gimmick. That’s why, we came here to register protest, said a protester, Rajib Hota.
Though no complaint has been registered regarding the damage caused to the inauguration stone plaque, police have launched inquiry into, said Inspector Mashaghai police station, Kalindi Behera.