Growing demand for President's rule in Orissa: Patil

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New Delhi, Oct 4 : Home Minister Shivraj Patil today said that the Centre is unhappy with Orissa Government's lack of action and there is growing demand on Presidents' rule in the State.

While reacting to the ongoing violence in the State, in a private TV channel, Patil said that six warnings have already been sent to the Orissa Government.

Patil said the Orissa Government's inaction is a breach of the Constitution and there is a growing demand for President's rule in the state.

He also said that Centre has provided police and helicopters to state government to combat the menace. Seventy seven companies of Border Security Force (BSF) and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) have also been sent to the state.

Patil, on Friday, in a strongly-worded letter to Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, had asked to review the situation and take effective measures to control violent and disruptive activities in the State.

On August 23, Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati and four of his associates were killed under mysterious circumstances leading to sectarian mayhem in the tribal-dominated Kandhamal District of Orissa.

Communal violence has spread out of Kandhamal to Karnataka and Kerala where churches and prayer halls have been burnt by Hindu mobs.

Meanwhile, the Central Government in New Delhi has asked the state governments of Orissa and Karnataka to do more to stop religious violence.

ANI

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