Complaint against Pradeep Maharathy for objectionable remarks on women

Pipili: A complaint against senior BJD leader and Odisha minister Pradeep Maharathy has been lodged at the Pipili police station in Puri district for his alleged objectionable remarks on women.

The Pipili-Delang Mahila Morcha of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has lodged the complaint against Maharathy for his objectionable remarks on women.

“We have lodged a complaint against Maharathy and told the officer concerned to immediately act on the complaint. If the police fail to take action against the minister, we will stage mass agitation in Pipili and if necessary, we will lock up the police station,” coordinator of BJP Pipili-Delang Mahila Morcha, Gitanjali Mishra told media persons here.

She also demanded that Maharathy should be sacked from the ministry with immediate effect.

“We have accepted the complaint and start an investigation into the matter,” IIC of Pipili police station, Sarat Chandra Sahu said.

Earlier, Maharathy had said that during the visit of the Chief Minister, about 30,000 women will be gathered with one or two husbands, their children and kin on both sides of the stretch from Pipili to Satasankha to greet him.

The statement of Maharathy had sparked political protest in the state. The women wing of BJP had a scuffle with the police as they tried to barge into his official residence in the afternoon.

However, the minister blamed the media for misinterpreting his statement.