Monday, July 13, 2009

BJP threatens state-wide stir

CUTTACK, 12 JULY: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has threatened to embark upon a state-wide agitation if the government fails to control the rise in prices of essential commodities such as food items.
The party has also demanded a CBI probe into the alleged Rs 4,000 crore mining scam in Joda district as the vigilance entrusted with the probe comes under the administrative purview of the state government.
Leaders of the party wanted the government to table the Kandhamal riot report recently submitted by the inquiry commission.
Resolutions to this effect were adopted at an extended executive committee meeting of the party held here on 12 July.
The plight of farmers in the state, the collapse of law and order due to increasing Naxal attacks, the hooch tragedy at Bolangir and the alleged manipulation of electronic voting machines (EVMs) in the general election figured prominently at the meeting.
Lashing out at both the UPA government at the Centre and the BJD government in the state, the BJP said that this unprecedented price rise of food items shows that the government does not have control of the situation. The recent price hike of petrol and diesel has further aggravated the problem.
Besides blaming and writing letters to the Centre, the state government has done little to control the issue, the leaders chided.
Describing the Joda manganese mining controversy as the “biggest scam ever”, the party stated that a vigilance probe was essential. As the government itself is alleged to be a part of the large scale corruption, only a CBI probe will reveal the truth, the leaders said.
The state government has failed to contain the Naxal menace, which has now gripped 19 districts, charged the BJP.
sThe party demanded the immediate arrest of the culprits of the Paikamal dalit girl rape case, while alleging that the culprits enjoyed the patronage of ruling party leaders. Besides ordering probes, the government simply does nothing to check the trading of spurious liquor in the state, which has resulted in at least two recent hooch tragedies in Khurda and Bolangir.
Referring to the recent MCI communiqué regarding the reduction of MBBS seats in VSS medical college and hospital, Burla, the BJP alleged that the state government had failed to act on the guidelines of the MCI, leading to this situation.
Maintaining that the IT professionals have said that the EVMs can be manipulated, the BJP alleged that the last election result was not the reflection of the popular mandate, but a blatant misuse of EVMs, government machinery and black money. The party demanded the use of the earlier system of ballot papers in place of the EVMs.

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