Saturday, March 21, 2009

Kandhamal again on the boil: BJP

Express News Service

First Published : 21 Mar 2009 09:29:00 AM ISTLast Updated : 21 Mar 2009 01:05:40 PM IST

BHUBANESWAR: A Day after an RSS activist was murdered in cold blood in Kandhamal leaving the district once again on the boil just ahead of polls, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) expressed apprehensions of chaos in the days to come.

The way CPI (Maoist) has unleashed a reign of terror, the party said it now fears for the lives of leaders and their supporters during the election. The law and order situation has crumbled in Orissa as radicals are on the rampage, national vice-president Jual Oram said.

He accused the BJD of nexus with radicals. ‘‘The party had tried wooing CPI (Maoist)’s Orissa organisational committee head Sabyasachi Panda’s brother to contest the elections,’’ Oram told mediapersons here.

The party leadership met Chief Election Commissioner and sought protection to the candidates as well as party functionaries.

On Wednesday, a CITU leader was murdered by suspected Maoists in Sundargarh while an RSS activist Prabhat Panigrahy was shot dead in Kandhamal yesterday. ‘‘Situation in Kandhamal is nothing sort of explosive, and needs to be dealt with iron hands. The Naveen Patnaik-led Government has failed to handle it,’’ senior leader Biswabhusan Harichandan said.

The BJD Government has not quit even after being reduced to a minority one, but it should own up responsibility for failing to control deteriorating law and order and resign, Harichandan said and blasted the State Police for its claims of carrying out combing operation.

Refuting charges of Biju Janata Dal that murder in Kandhamal is handiwork of Sangh Parivar, the former minister said, the administration has failed to control the situation there which is why it is resorting to such gimmicks.

The party charged the BJD of using government machinery for elections and issuing work orders on back dates to influence the voters. The EC has been apprised of it.

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