The Bhasha Andolan, Odisha, which started its movement on 13th April, seeking governance of Odisha in Odia language as per the 1954 Language Act, has entered Day 3 today. But, the government has not so far responded to the demands of the activists.
On Day 1 of the movement, around 20-25 activists led by Subhas Chandra Pattanayak, Pradyumna Satpathy, Tusarkanta Satpathy, Pabitra Mohan Maharatha, Sagar Satapathy, Dr. Nityananda Patnaik etc. met eminent personalities from various fields and sought their blessings. They also greeted common people on the street and spread the awareness about Odia language and culture.
In the afternoon, four prominent members of Bhasha Andolan, Subhas Chandra Pattanayak, Pradyumna Satpathy, Tusarkanta Satpathy and Natabar Satpathy took out a silent ‘black flag’ holding placards. Their march started in front of Odisha Assembly and continued till Madhu Babu’s statue at the Governor’s Square.
The March was coordinated by Pabitra Maharatha and Sagar Satapathy. They distributed leaflets to spread awareness about their movement and its objective.
On Day 2, four other members of the movement, Wing Commander (Retd.) Nanda Kishore Samal, Dr. Nityananda Patanaik, Pabitra Maharatha and Sagar Satapathy took part in the ‘silent black flag march’. The law abiding citizens made sure not to block traffic movement and respect the rules of Section 144 zone. However, they vowed to continue their protests till the government decides to implement the law.