If Maharathi Resigns on Moral Ground, Where has Gone the Morality of the Chief Minister?

In reacting to resignation of Pradip Maharathi from the Council of Ministers in the context of Pipili gang rape case, Opposition stalwart Bijay Mohapatra has asked: if Maharathi has resigned on moral ground, where has gone the morality of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik who despite being the Home Minister has not acted against the crime since 2008?

PCC President Niranjan Patnaik has termed Maharathi’s resignation as a drama enacted to save the CM’s skin.

The crime was committed in 2008 and since then the criminals are not punished. Even though the criminals are alleged to have gang raped the Pipili girl to the extent of suffocating her into coma under violent brutality in their nefarious design to eliminate every possibility of her deposition in the court, the police refused to act and the Home department controlled by the CM continued to ignore its responsibility in the matter. Therefore, if any body should quit on moral ground, more than Maharathi, it is the Chief-cum-Home Minister Naveen Patnaik, points out the PCC chief.

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Pipili Felony: Agriculture Minister Resigns as Chief Minister is Eager to Save Skin

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Agriculture Minister Pradip Maharathi has finally resigned from the Council of Ministers.

In Pipili gang rape case, he had tried to intimidate the Press when his name was mentioned in reports reflecting the version of the brother of the rape victim. In reaction thereto, the whole of the State perishing under misrule, barring the ruling party beneficiaries, had stood solidly with the media giving birth to Orissa Gana Samaj where all non-BJD political parties, without using party flags, were one with media persons, women organizations, students, youth and NGOs in condemning the crime and demanding immediate resignation of Maharathi to whom needle of suspicion as the protector of the criminals was strongly pointing.

Maharathi has resigned on moral ground.

But to the opposition parties, this is a drama enacted as the Chief Minister is eager to save his skin as the Home Minister. The Government needs be dismissed for having collaborated with the crime so far, they say.

Rapists’ Alleged Shield in the State Cabinet Intimidates the Press

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

People in Orissa have become such habituated with keeping mum in the prevalent environment of crime that the students and social activists – usually the most vocal in collective civil causes – were not even daring to raise voice against the negligence to the Pipili rape victim – battling for life under coma – till media coverage made it a matter worth sharp societal attention.

NOW the civil society stands in solidarity with the victim and she is receiving medical care at SCB Medical College, Cuttack, where a couple of days ago treatment was denied to her.

The Pipili Police Station in-charge, who had remained gravely negligent to the case of the victim has NOW been displaced by way of transfer and police has registered the case that then it was not looking at.

The family members of the victim, who were not daring to utter the names of the bruits that perpetrated the crime, lest they further torture, are NOW pointing their accusing fingers at them and unambiguously naming them even before the cameras.

NOW there is no aloofness in the public and many have started believing that police can no more succeed in covering up endeavor, if any.

But NOW the loudmouthed leader of the ruling party, the Agriculture Minister Pradip Maharathi has become very angry with the media. He has hurled alarming words at media persons and media organizations for having carried the versions of the victim’s family members, in a style akin to act of intimidation.

Whither the State?

MUFP Condemns Agriculture Minister’s Alarming Words Against Media Persons

Orissa Minister of Agriculture, Sri Pradip Maharathi has used alarming words against media persons as in recent press coverage his name has appeared in Pipili rape victim matter.

Press has no bias against Maharathi, but contextually, specifically as the victim’s family members in their allegation have taken his name, his name has found place in the news. This has irritated him to the extent of hurling words that are not becoming of the office he holds.

In reacting thereto, the Media Unity for Freedom of Press (MUFP) has issued a statement. It reads:

The MUFP strongly condemns some recent public statements by Sri Pradip Maharathi, Minister, Agriculture in which he has targeted the media and media persons and also cast aspersions on them.

We wish to warn the minister against making any sweeping, generalized and disparaging remarks against the media in future.

He has the right to defend himself against any false or defamatory news items that may have appeared in the media, but he surely does not have the right to denigrate the media and media persons as a whole.

Media persons are duty bound to report facts and reflect the public opinion and not to please the high and mighty.
 
We sincerely hope Sri Maharathi will restrain himself and desist from making sweeping and irresponsible statements designed to show the media and media persons in poor light in future.