Odisha based regional outfit Kalinga Sena and socio-cultural organization Odia Pua lodged separate complaints at Capital police station in Bhubaneswar and Fatepur Beri police station in New Delhi against national English Daily Hindustan Times for an anti-Orissa article written by columnist Indrajit Hazra and published on July 24.
In that article, Indrajit Hazra wrote, “No one’s really noticed, but the Oriyas are really upset. Again. There was a chance that one of their own would finally become the president of India this time around. But no one from Orissa even made the grade as any political party’s presidential candidate. To add insult to injury, the 13th President is a Bengali and the outbreak of celebrations in the state next door has been keeping neighbours in Orissa awake at night.”
BJD’s vice-president Damodar Rout said the party is planning to move the Press Council of India against the writer and newspaper.
“We will not allow sale of the newspaper in Odisha. The Press Council of India should take serious note of the inflammatory piece of writing,” said Hemant Rath, founder of Kalinga Sena.
“The article promotes enmity on grounds of race, language and regional groups. The article showed as if Odias were against Pranab Mukherjee’s elevation as President of India. This is irresponsible journalism by the author,” said another complainant Shyamsundar Sahoo of Odia Pua.
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