Utkal Bharat to go alone in all elections in Odisha-Swain
Preisdent of Utkal Bharat, a regional political outfit, M A Kharvela Swain today announced that his party will not have any truck with other political parties in the coming urban local bodies, State Assembly and Lok Sabha elections in Odisha.
Briefing newsmen after the party's state executive body meeting here, Mr Swain said the Utkal Bharat would soon launch its election campaign throughout the state for abolition of Rs 2 kg rice and expose the tacit understanding between the BJD and the Congress as its main election issues.
The Utkal Bharat president said if the party came to power it would increase agricultural produce by two times in three years, provide 24 hour electricity to rural people, improve quality of technical and higher education and impart training to self help groups for proper utilisation of money given to them.
He said the party which had been demanding abolition of Rs 2 kg rice for the last three years, would go to people with the issue.
Mr Swain said the Rs 2 kg rice had done more harm than good to people of the state. Agriculture production remained static as labourers were not available for work.
Nobody was showing interest in working under MGNREGS and farmers were forced to sell their paddy at a rate much lower than the Minimum Support price fixed by the government.
The beneficiaries of Rs 2 kg rice were selling their quota of rice in black market and spending the money on liquor.
Though as per the rule the BPL list should be amended every three years it had not been done for the last 16 years as the Congress government at the Centre felt that their party people would be excluded from the list.
Mr Swain his party would revise the BPL list every three years and exclude the rich and service holders from the list.
He said both BJD and the Congress had been saying they were opposed to each other but fact was different. The Congress did not impose President's rule in the state in 2009 after the BJD-BJP alliance collapsed and instead of participating in the confidence motion, the Congress preferred to walk out.
He said Congress president Sonia Gandhi did not take any action against three members who did not vote for the candidate sponsored by the party.
Mr Swain said though there was allegation of largescale mining scam in the government,the Congress government did not order for a CBI inquiry.
He said Rajya Sabha MP Pyari Mohan Mohapatra's coup to dislodge Naveen Patnaik from power failed due to the non-cooperation of the Congress, adding Sonia Gandhi did not want the BJD to be defeated.