Dama Rout compares Naveen Patnaik with Ravana

Bhubaneswar: Naveen Patnaik is such a politician who has more negative qualities than that of demon king Ravana, said former Minister and Paradip MLA Damodar Rout.

“Ravana had not ten heads, but ten bad qualities. That is the main reason for which, Lord Ram had killed him. But, in the current style of governance, more politicians have emerged having more bad natures than Ravana. And Naveen Patnaik has the worst qualities than the demon king. Ram had killed Ravana for his negative qualities, but Naveen would be dethroned for similar attitude,” said Rout in the wake of the controversy arising out of the denial of Ravan Podi Utsav in Ersama of Jagatsinghpur district.

Controversy cropped up after the district administration yesterday dismantled a pandal erected by supporters of Rout for ‘Ravan Podi Utsav’ at the Anchalika Yuva Parishad ground in Erasama. Dama said that his rival and Ersama MLA Prashant Muduli has planned to foil the cultural programme that has been continuing for the last 25 years.

Dama had been organising Ravana Podi at the Anchalika Yuva Parishad ground where Prashant used to attend the function. But, after Dama’s expulsion from BJD, he has been denied permission to hold the function.

Meanwhile, Dama alleged that the police acted at the behest of the local legislator.

Protesting government’s move, supporters Dama and Ersama village committee today called for 24-hour Ersama bandh.

On the other hand, police and district administration are taking all measures to conduct the Ravan Podi Utsav. Two platoons of forces have been deployed in Ersama to avoid any kind of untoward incident.

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