Naveen has lost control over administration: Maken

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Bhubaneswar, Sep 09 (UNI) AICC in-charge of Orissa Ajaya Maken today alleged that Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had lost total control over the administration which was ''evident from the unabated communal violence in the state.'' Addressing a press conference here, Mr Maken alleged that the prevailing situation in the riot-hit Kandhmal clearly indicated that there was no administrative machinery in the state.

Mr Maken alleged that the Chief Minister had failed to protect the life of Swami Laxmananada Saraswati and preventing the communal violence in the state after the killing of the VHP leader.

''The action of the Chief Minister has clearly revealed that he wants the communal violence to continue till the elections,'' he said.

The AICC leader said the state government could have prevented the communal violence in Kandhmal after the killing of the Swamiji by restricting the visit of senior VHP leader Praveen Togadia to the area but instead of doing that the government allowed Mr Togadia to visit and make speeches, ''creating a perfect feeding ground for communal violence.'' ''However, the government did not allow the Union Minister of State for Home to visit Kandhmal and personally assess the situation,'' he said.

He questioned the secular credentials of the ruling BJD as claimed by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and alleged that the secular forces were not being allowed to undertake peace march in Kandhmal.

Mr Maken said the state government should have asked the Centre to order a CBI inquiry into the killing of Swami Laxmananada Saraswati and the communal violence following his killing in Kandhmal.

He said he did not understand why the Orissa government was ''afraid'' of conducting a CBI probe into the violence in Kandhmal.


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