Divided Cong opens school in protest

IN a unique protest against the State Government, the district Congress has opened a temporary school at its dharna site in front of the district Collectorate over non-issuance of caste certificate to around 2000 Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe students. 

Published: 12th July 2018 01:54 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th July 2018 07:14 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

MALKANGIRI : In a unique protest against the State Government, the district Congress has opened a temporary school at its dharna site in front of the district Collectorate over non-issuance of caste certificate to around 2000 Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe students. On the other hand, some local Congress leaders have opposed the agitation, thereby bringing to the fore the internal conflict in the party’s district unit.Since Tuesday, Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) working president and former MP Pradeep Majhi along with other party leaders are teaching around 100 children in the makeshift school at the dharna site to draw the State Government’s attention to their five-point charter of demands.

Majhi alleged that around 2000 SC/ST students across the district have been unable to take admission in schools as the authorities have failed to issue caste certificates to them despite repeated demands. 
The Congress demands include distribution of land pattas to all the residents of Malkangiri town and other rural areas, tracing of missing Bonda tribal student of KISS Rama Chandra Mandra, bringing Laxmi Matam of Chitrakonda back to India from Bangladesh and provision of land pass book for Bengali families in the region, Majhi said.

However, Congress leader Sarat Chandra Buruda disapproved of the protest and said there is no truth in the allegation made by Majhi. About 90 per cent of the students who have not been issued caste certificates, as alleged by Majhi, are  not from SC/ST communities. Hence, there is no question of issuing caste certificates to them, said Buruda.Attacking Majhi for opposing Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s proposed visit to Malkangiri to inaugurate Gurupriya bridge, Buruda said the former MP is speaking the language of Maoists who have been opposing construction of the bridge since years. 

Buruda, a former police officer, said people of Malkangiri don’t want a development certificate from the OPCC working president. The  recent NITI Aayog report has put Malkangiri at the number one spot in the State for making improvement in key areas among the aspirational districts. He further said senior leaders of the party have been ignored and the Congress is a divided house in the district.

Stay up to date on all the latest Odisha news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

facebook twitter whatsapp