Tuesday, June 25, 2013

FACTIONALISM IN BALANGIR BJP COMES TO FORE

FACTIONALISM IN BALANGIR BJP COMES TO FORE
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 | SUDHIR MISHRA | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
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The factionalism in the BJP’s Balangir district unit came to fore on Tuesday with two groups of the party holding separate rallies for the party’s Jail Bharo agitation here much to chagrin of BJP lovers and amusement of rival politicians.
Significantly, Balangir is the native district of BJP State president KV Singh Deo. There are two factions in the district party, one represented by newly-appointed district president Dr Om Prakash Joshi and the other by former district president Prabhas Panigrahi.
When asked about a separate a rally, Dr Joshi said there was communication gap between the two camps.
Panigrahi said, “We are carrying out the Jail Bharo agitation in protest against the coal scam and other corruptions during the Manmohan Singh regime at the Centre and the involvement of the Naveen Patnaik Government in the chit fund scam and demanding dismissal of the Patnaik Government.”
The rally led by Dr Joshi was held in the presence of party observer Maheshwar Sahu before the district Collectorate. The speakers slammed the Naveen Patnaik Government for its involvement in the chit fund scams. The revelation that Ministers and BJD MLAs took protection money from chit fund companies has further exposed the Government, they said.
Political observers here pointed out that ever since Panigrahi was replaced by Dr Joshi as the district president, Panigrahi is not pulling on well with Singh Deo.


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