Opposition party women members’ protest against ‘Black Stole Incident’ on Tuesday; demand apology from Odisha CM


Bhubaneswar, Dec 7: Despite chief minister Naveen Patnaik expressed regret on Monday over the removal of black stole from women in Sundergarh, women activists of Opposition parties hit streets on Tuesday and demanded apology from the BJD supremo.

Clad in black sarees, over a hundred activists of Congress party staged demonstration near Master Canteen square here and resorted to road blockade. They shouted anti-Naveen slogans for ‘hurting’ the sentiments of the women. The saffron party too, after a brief lull, took up the issue to corner the ruling party in the ongoing Assembly. The party activists staged agitation in all the 314 blocks and urban areas protesting against dishonour of women at Patnaik’s meeting.

The BJD, however, accused the Opposition of making the issue out of nothing. On Sunday, the police had removed all black stoles and shawls from women who had come to attend Patnaik’s meeting in Sundergarh on ‘security reasons.’

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