UPA threat of invoking Art. 355 politically motivated:Naveen

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Bhubaneswar, Sep 19(UNI) Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today dubbed ''unfortunate and politically motivated'' the threat of the UPA government to invoke Article 355 of the Constitution in Orissa if the violence in Kandhmal was not checked.

Reacting to news reports that the Union government was contemplating invoking Article 355 of the constitution in Orissa and Karnataka in the wake of communal violence, Mr Patnaik said while there were disturbances across the country, the Centre chose only two states, run by non-Congress dispensation.

He accused the Centre of being 'very slow' in sending paramilitary forces to Kandhamal despite several requests from the state government.

The Chief Minister explained that Orissa had done its best to try to bring peace in trouble-torn Kandhamal from the very beginning of the tragic incident.

''Even now we have not received adequate forces from the Centre for Kandhamal,'' Mr Patnaik alleged.

Orissa BJP president Suresh Pujari also condemned the Centre's threat.

In a statement, Mr Pujari said the Congress had always 'tried to' create disturbances in non-Congress ruled states for its 'narrow' political interests.

Stating that such a threat was not a healthy sign for democracy in the country, he said the Congress was the ''creator'' of the Kandhamal situation.

He alleged that in order to keep its vote bank intact,the Congress had been resorting to minority appeasement and showing liberal attitude towards terrorism.

''Such action of the UPA government will ultimately lead to unrest and turmoil in the country,'' Mr Pujari alleged. The Congress, instead of issuing threats, must cooperate with the state government to resolve the basic issue in Kandhamal so that peace could be restored at the earliest, he opined.

Mr Pujari further said it was 'highly condemnable' that when the state was facing worst kind of floods and holding the Municipal elections, the Congress was 'trying to' create disturbances by issuing the threat of invoking Article 355.


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