Balasore: Scores of people during a cultural programme at Cinema Hall Chhak on Tuesday opposed Union Minister Pratap Chandra Sarangi to participate in ‘Badi Khela'(game of sticks) in Balasore district.
According to sources, on the occasion of Dussehra Union Minister, Sarangi was requested to witness Badi Khela organised by some locals.
However, a section of the group opposed the participation of the Minister in ‘Badi Khela’. It was alleged that Minister Sarangi should not participate in the traditional Odia martial art event as he has done precious little for the development of the region.
Brushing aside the incident, Sarangi said:” I don’t know who opposed me. I enjoyed the Badi Khela. But, I was not allowed to participate in the game”.
Notably, the Union minister was invited to a meeting in his constituency Balasore. After this incident, Sarangi took part in that meeting where MLA Madan Mohan Dutta and former MP Ravindra Jena were present.