Thursday, March 26, 2009

Oraon intensifies campaign in Naxal-hit areas

26 Mar 2009, 2157 hrs IST, K A Gupta, TNN

GUMLA: Congress nominee and sitting MP Rameshwar Oraon has intensified his campaign in remote areas of Lohardaga parliamentary constituency.

He is trying to woo the electorate on the basis of performance of Congress-led UPA at the Centre as well as work he accomplished during the last five years as people's representative of this ST seat.

On Tuesday, Oraon campaigned in number of Naxal-hit villages in Bishunpur block of Gumla district. During his visits to Keda, Longa, Mahuwatoli, Bendi, Samdari, Chatakpur, Banari and several other villages, he asked voters to elect an able candidate who has public interest at heart.

He also asked party workers to go to villages to apprise the people of the achievements of Congress-led UPA government at the Centre. For the last two days, Oraon also extensively toured several villages in Naxal-hit Chainpur and Dumri blocks urging the electorate to support the Congress.

"The Congress is contesting the polls on the basis of its performance during the last five year," Oraon said. "Development of villages had always been the priority of the party and NREGA, RTI Act, Forest Act, Rajiv Gandhi Rural Electrification Programme and National Health Mission have been the biggest achievements of the UPA at the Centre," said Oraon, who seemed serious about retaining this prestigious seat for the second time.

Oraon had won the seat in the last election by defeating his arch rival Prof Dhuka Bhagat of the BJP by an impressive margin.

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