Monday, 31 October 2011

OPCC observes Indira's death anniversary

Nabarangpur (Orissa), Oct 31 (PTI) Ahead of the notification for a by-poll in Umerkote assembly segment in Nabarangpur district, Orissa Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) today launched its campaign here on the occasion of Indira Gandhi's death anniversary. Top leaders including AICC's Orissa in-charge Jagdish Tytler and OPCC president Niranjan Patnaik attended a meeting to mark the death anniversary of Indira Gandhi at Maoist-hit Raigarh area under Umerkote assembly segment. Umerkote seat is lying vacant since BJD MLA Jagabandhu Majhi was killed on September 24. The Election Commission was, however, yet to notify for the by-polls in Umerkote. Recalling Gandhi's special attachment with the tribal population, AICC Secretary incharge of Seva Dal, Mirza Irshad Baig claimed that Indira Gandhi still lives in the hearts of poor tribals.     The PCC President, Niranjan Patnaik, said Indira visited Nabarangpur district and addressed the tribal people a day before she was killed. Launching an attack on the ruling BJD government in the state Patnaik said the state was witnessing large-scale corruption and siphoning of central funds in many ways. As the state government was anti-poor, it could not grow under Naveen Patnaik's leadership. Dubbing the BJD government as "corrupt" Tytler said while the poverty had been reduced in other state it had increased in Orissa because of the misusing and corruption in implementing the central schemes.     Tytler further alleged that fund released to the state under NREGA for the poor had been siphoned off to which CBI was now investigating. He further blamed that funds allotted  for the development of education had also been misusing. PTI COR AAM AMD

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