Woman claiming Odisha MLA’s wife attempts suicide near assembly main gate


Bhubaneswar: A woman claiming herself as the wife of Talcher BJD MLA Braja Kishore Pradhan attempted suicide in front of Odisha assembly this afternoon.

Around 1:50 pm she attempted to end her life by consuming poison near the main gate of the assembly.

Later, she was identified as Sonalika Mohanty, who has been claiming that the legislator had married her secretly three years ago and demanding her recognition as the wife of the lawmaker.

On September 7 this month she had attempted to end her life in front of Naveen Nivas here and was rescued by security personnel.

On May 17, she had trespassed into the legislator’s quarters at Unit-IV, MLA colony, by scaling the locked gate.

Prior to this, she had staged a dharna in front of the legislator’s house at his native village of Handidhua in Angul district on May 9.

Mohanty had also alleged that she had terminated her pregnancy twice on the insistence of the MLA.

She had lodged a complaint against Pradhan at the Mahila Police Station and drawn the attention of the National Commission for Women (NCW) too in this regard.

On the other hand, Pradhan has been rejecting her allegations.

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