Coalgate: State BJP stir to counter Congress campaign

The BJP decided to launch a statewide agitation programme to counter the Congress on the coalgate and the foreign direct investment retail sector.

Published: 14th October 2012 10:29 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th October 2012 10:29 AM   |  A+A-

The BJP on Saturday decided to launch a statewide agitation programme to counter the Congress on the coalgate and the foreign direct investment (FDI)-in- retail sector.

Addressing a meeting of BJP functionaries of the State here, national secretary of the party Bhupinder Singh Yadav said the Congress had launched a propaganda against the BJP-ruled states alleging their involvement in the coal block allotment scam. Now, the Congress said the NDA government had mooted the idea of FDI-in- retail which, Singh said, is not a fact.

Even as the rural people are least concerned about the coalgate and FDI-in-retail, the BJP must counter the Congress allegations and explain to the people how corrupt the UPA Government is, Singh said.

The people should know the truth and involvement of the UPA Government in various other scams, including 2G Spectrum allocation, Commonwealth Games and Adarsh Housing Society.

The party should reach out to the people and explain them how FDI-in-retail markets will affect the farmers and small traders, he said.

Presiding over the meeting, BJP State  president Jual Oram said two public meetings were organised at Sambalpur and Barbil as part of the national-wide agitation that kicked off on October 11, the birth anniversary of Jaiprakash Narayan.

He said all the 37 organisational districts had been asked to chalk out their agitational programmes in consultation with the State committee.

Some leaders raised the issue of distribution of fake hybrid paddy seeds to the farmers and acute shortage of fertilisers in the state.

Legislators Karendra Majhi and Manoj Pradhan, vice-president and former minister Bimbadhar Kuanr, former MLAs Sanchita Mohanty and Basant Panda and general secretary (organisation) Panchanan Rout were present.

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