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Odia language lovers threaten civil disobedience

Bhubaneswar, July 6: With the State Government not responding to the fast-unto-death agitation by the activists of the Odia Bhasa Sangram Samiti at least on humanitarian ground, the Samiti on Monday threatened to take law into its own hands.

Samiti activists have resorted to fast-unto-death since July 1 at Mahatma Gandhi Marg near the State Assembly here demanding official use of Odia language.

Samiti convenor Sankarsan Parida told reporters that they would resort to a State-wide civil disobedience stir if the Government fails to implement the Odisha Official Language Act 1954 in next two days.

A large number of people from different walks of life under the leadership of Barendra Krushna Dhal and Subhas Patnaik on Monday resorted to civil disobedience movement at the hunger strike site to press the demand.

“Many aged people like Gajanan Mishra and Ajay Nayak, a diabetic patient, are on hunger strike. Unfortunately, the Government is sitting idle instead solving the issue at least on humanitarian ground,” rued Parida.

He also slammed the Government and the Odisha Public Service Commission (OPSC) for not preparing question papers in the regional language.

“We will continue to raise our voice against the the Government’s illegal, undemocratic and unconstitutional neglect of the Odia language and the society at large,” said Parida.

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