The Odisha Assembly was adjourned several times on Monday with the Congress and BJP demanding an apology from CM Naveen Patnaik over allegations that police in Sundargarh district forced women to take off their black shawls and chunri before entering the venue of the CM’s rally, over fears that those could be used as black flags.
Some women who wore black saris were denied entry by the police at Mangaspur. Police sources said there were strict orders not to allow any black clothes that could be used for protest.
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Congress and BJP members rushed to the well of the House, shouting slogans and demanding an apology from CM. “…Police have harassed the women participants at a rally… The CM should apologise,” Leader of Opposition Narasingh Mishra said.
State BJP chief Basant Panda said his party will hold a state-wide protest on Tuesday.
BJD MLA Amar Satpathy said the incident didn’t take place under CM’s direction. Officials said that the CM has sought a report on the incident from the DGP.