‘Suspend Posco land acquisition’

Published: 04th March 2013 11:01 AM  |   Last Updated: 04th March 2013 11:01 AM   |  A+A-

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday condemned bomb explosion in the proposed Posco project site in Jagatsinghpur district which killed three persons.

The State Government’s efforts to restart land acquisition process in Gobindpur and Dhinkia areas for the project when the new draft Land Acquisition Bill is under consideration of the Parliament, is not acceptable, said the BJP’s State unit president Jual Oram in a statement.

He further said there is no urgency for evicting the poor families from their home and hearth for the overseas company when the Government has not renewed the MoU. The BJP is opposed to displacement of families from their land without approval of the Gram Sabha concerned as proposed in the draft Bill, he added.

Reiterating his party’s stand on Posco, Oram said the BJP favours industrialisation but not at the cost of the people and depriving farmers of their farmland. Any industry proposed by any private party has to be finalised between the land owner and the investor so far as land is considered.

BJP spokesman Ashok Sahu demanded an inquiry into the death of the three persons and suspension of the land acquisition process in the area.

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