Sources said as many as eight Ministers, including Finance Minister Niranjan Pujari and Health and Family Welfare Minister Naba Kishore Das, will be sitting beside the Chief Minister at the scheduled meeting. The CM is scheduled to inaugurate distribution of Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana smart cards and some developmental projects.
Mishra, who represents Junagarh in Kalahandi district to Odisha Legislative Assembly, is likely to attend the meeting from a distant place through videoconferencing. This decision seems to be a consequence of protests being resorted to by opposition leaders against the Minister, demanding his ouster and arrest for his alleged involvement in the Kalahandi lady teacher Mamita Meher murder case.
Two days back, senior Congress leader and Jeypor MLA Tara Prasad Bahinipati had threatened that his party would stiffly protest the CM’s Kalahandi meeting if Minister Mishra is allowed to share dais.