Proposed Dec 25 Odisha bandh called off
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Bhubaneswar (Orissa): In a significant development, the Swami Laxmananda Sradhanjali Sabha has called off its proposed Odisha Bandh on December 25.

The Samiti's last minute move came following a clear assurance from Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik that his Government would nab the killers and conspirators behind the murder of the Hindu Seer and four of his disciples.

Earlier, a delegation of the Samiti led by BJP Rajya Sabha member and senior journalist Dr Chandan Mitra met Chief Minister to short out the issue without affecting the future BJD-BJP coalition.

Samiti president Dr Ratnakar Chaini; Vanavasi Kalyan Ashram State general secretary Laxmikant Dash; BJP State president Suresh Pujari and BJP Lok Sabha MP Dharmendra Pradhan were among those present in the delegation.

Pradhan had accompanied Dr Mitra to the State Capital after senior leader LK Advani wanted to solve the issue amicably. Both Dr Mitra and Pradhan had arrived here on Thursday night.

"As Advani eyeing for 7 Race Course Road this time, so, he dispatched Pradhan and Dr Mitra to solve the issue as BJP is not a position to leave BJD before the crucial Lok Sabha polls expected to be held May this year," a source pointed out.

The National Human Rights Commission had earlier asked Orissa Chief Secretary Ajit Kumar Tripathy and DGP Manmohan Praharaj to explain how it proposes to deal with a bandh called by the Sangh Parivar in the State on Christmas day.

The notice was issued after Congress leader Margaret Alva wrote a letter to NHRC in which she expressed apprehension that violence may erupt in Orissa in the wake of the bandh call given to press for arrest of killers of Swamiji.



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