Monday, November 19, 2012

Pyari-Indira poster a curiosity ahead of Bhawanipatna rally Monday, 19 November 2012 22:28 Pioneer News Service | BALANGIR/BHAWANIPATNA

Monday, 19 November 2012 22:28
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Even as the Odisha Jan Morcha (OJM) led by Pyarimohan Mohaptarta is all set to organise its second Kranti Samavesh at Bhawanipatna in Kalahandi district on Monday, curious posters with photos of Mohapatra and late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi pasted in different areas of Balangir town and at certain places in Kalahandi district on Sunday came as a surprise.
In one poster appealing to people to come to the OJM’s Bhawaipatna rally, Mohaptara’s picture is seen with that of late Biju Patnaik, but it was considered normal as the OJM has been displaying such posters and cutouts with a claim that Mohapatra (and not Naveen Patnaik) is the leader who can achieve Biju Patnaik’s dream for a prosperous Odisha.
But the other poster displayed close to the first one shows Mohapatra’s picture with that of Indira Gandhi under the so-called banner of the OJM raised eyebrows in various quarters.
Mohapatra, who arrived at Bhawanipatna on Sunday, said that this was an act of mischief by the BJD to mislead the people. BJD people have desperately resorted to such an act to bolster the allegation of their leader and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik that the OJM is a Congress ‘B’ team, he remarked.
Mohapatra said the OJM has filed complaints with the SPs of Kalahandi and Balangir to inquire into the display of the posters.
Balangir District Congress Committee president Bhagaban Bagarti ascribed the Mohapatra-Indira Gandhi poster display to the internal squabbling of the BJD. He decried such an act especially on the birthday of Indira Gandhi.
Balangir BJD MLA AU Singh Deo, however, said that it was not an act of the BJD but of Mohapatra’s Jan Morcha. The OJM is trying to make its Samavesh successful with the help of the Congress, he alleged. Meanwhile, it was learnt several leaders from different parties would join the OJM at its Samavesh at Bhawanipatna. They include Kalahandi Congress MP Bhakta Charan Das’ elder brother Ajit Das and senior Congress leader of Dharmagarh Rabi Pattjoshi.
The police have made elaborate arrangements for a peaceful OJM rally.  Ten platoons of forces led by three DSPs and 10 Inspectors would be deployed at the college field, the venue of the rally, said Kalahandi Additional SP Dinajanha Naik.

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