BJP leader faces protest in Orissa

March 14th, 2008 - 12:13 am ICT by admin  

Bhubaneswar, March 13 (IANS) Activists of the Orissa Lok Dal and Kalinga Sena Thursday held protests when Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Balbir Punj arrived in the Orissa capital to file his nomination for Rajya Sabha elections. Over a dozen activists raised slogans against Punj holding placards in front of the Biju Patnaik International Airport describing him as an “outsider”, Utkal Keshari Parida, inspector in charge of a local police station, told IANS.

They protested peacefully and left the place after Punj went to the city with police security, he said.

Although there were more then a dozen of applicants from the state including the party’s state president, the BJP leadership Tuesday announced Punj’s name as its candidate from the state.

“He is an outsider and he should not be fielded from Orissa,” Kalinga Sena president Hemanta Ratha said.

In 2004, the BJP had fielded Uttar Pradesh leader Chhatrapal Singh Lodha who was elected from Orissa. However, he lost membership in the wake of a scandal.

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