Odisha government on IAC ‘hit list’

To contest both Lok Sabha and Assembly elections.

Published: 27th October 2012 09:35 AM  |   Last Updated: 27th October 2012 09:35 AM   |  A+A-

The India Against Corruption (IAC) has trained its guns on the State Government claiming to expose corruption in the State in the next few months. “Agitations would be held against corrupt policies of the Odisha government,” said IAC member Manish Sisodia.

The IAC members are going through the various Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) reports of the State Government to find the anomalies in its functioning. The expose will be made in the coming few months.

Sisodia called the Naveen-led government a broker for the private companies that come to Odisha and exploit its natural resources. “This Government is in office for its third tenure and still there is no visible development on ground,” Sisodia said and  questioned if 12 years were not enough to bring about reforms.

The anti-corruption crusade will target both the ruling party and the Opposition parties. Sisodia was equally critical about the role played by the Opposition and said both the Congress and the BJP have not done much to oppose the wrong doings of the Government.

“The political vacuum has to be filled up and for this reason we will contest all the seats in the upcoming Lok Sabha as well as the Assembly elections,” he said.

There are around 50-60 IAC volunteers in every district of the State, who are working towards creating an awareness about IAC’s concept of “alternative politics” in the rural areas. The volunteers would name their representatives to contest the election from each constituency, informed IAC Odisha member Nishikant Mohaptra.

Dismissing rumours about rift in the team, Sisodia claimed that the members differed in opinion as to how to bring about reforms. “A few of us thought that we had to be in the system to bring about a change while others felt that the time was not ripe to enter politics,” he said.

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