Is there any political or systematic involvement in the violence that flared up in Bhadrak?
There has been no loss of life in the violence though several shops were gutted and small traders looted of their materials. The violence erupted over certain objectionable remarks against Hindu God in a face-book post.
The politicians, however, made it an issue and parties have entered into mud slugging by blaming each other for the eruption of violence.
Leaders of all three major political parties BJD, Congress and BJP, have got engaged in an ugly war of words even as palpable communal tension continues to prevail in the coastal town Bhadrak.
BJD MP Tathagat Satpathy was first to go off the block and made accusations purportedly holding Hindu brigade responsible for the worsening situation in Bhadrak.
“Those who have been masterminding such inter-community clashes in UP and other places in the country have succeeded in doing this in a peaceful place like Odisha”, said Tathagat apparently alluding to BJP and other sections of the saffron brigade.
Coming down heavily on BJP and other major Hindu outfits for allegedly inciting violence in Bhadrak , Congress MLA Taraprasad Bahinipati said BJP will not succeed in grabbing power in the State by resorting to such communal violence.
However, BJP has not only refuted such allegations with strong words, some of its leaders have also gone to the extent of accusing the ruling BJD of being responsible for worsening communal tension in Bhadrak.
BJP’s firebrand leader and former MLA Pratap Sarangi told Media Men that this communal flare up is created to divert public attention from the internal strife in the Bhadrak unit of BJD.
Mr.Sarangi asked: “When Section 144 was in force how above 250 bikers take out a rally in the town and went berserk”.
He alleged that the local police preferred to remain a mere witness to it. “BJP does not believe in creating communal divide in the State and it will try and ensure communal harmony in the State,” Mr.Sarangi, a popular leader in undivided Balasore district comprised Bhadrak said.
Meanwhile, Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan in a media conference in New Delhi said, “It is not the time to get engaged in such accusations and counter accusations. All should come together in bringing back peace in Bhadrak.”
Dismissing the accusations made by BJD MP Tathagat Satpathy, Pradhan said it was not important to take his utterances with any seriousness as he has lost relevance in his own parties.