Sunday, December 28, 2014

News in the English daily The Pioneer
Monday, 29 December 2014 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
The observation of the 17th birth anniversary of the Biju Janta Dal (BJD) here was an occasion to show unity and strength in the party rank and file.
The entire town was bedecked with BJD flags, banners and arch gates welcoming people. Senior leader of BJD and Rajya Sabha MP AU Singh Deo along with his younger son Arkesh Singh Deo left no stone unturned to make it a grand success. The turnout was impressive and most importantly, a majority of the workers were women. The meeting was conducted in great discipline which was marked by pin-drop silence found at the venue.
AU took every care to carry with him old colleagues who were with him in the formation of BJD period and allowed them to speak first. Those include Ramesh Sahu, Murali Guru, Radhakeshab Mishra, Pradeep Guru, Harekrushna Sarangi, Pradyut Mishra. AU took special care to let the women leaders like Gita Bisi, Gopa Mahanada and Titiligrah MLA TukuniSahu Sahoo speak earlier.
“I have taken up the Khurdha- Bolangir Railway line to be expedited and construction from Bolangir side to be started with Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu who assured me to look into the matter. Moreover, I have also taken up the demand to set up the second agriculture university with Chief Minister Naveen Pattnaik in Balangir,” said AU.
The speakers stressed the need to strengthen the BJD base in grassroots. Madhu Das of Belpada said that Biju Patnaik should be given Bharat Ratna while Gita Bisi, Lopa Mahanada, Pakruti Devi ,Santa Behera and others highlighted the dream of late Biju Patnaik in ensuring women development and lauded the effort of the Naveen Patnaik Government  to realize the late Chief Minister’s dream.
Kantabanji MLA Ayub Khan criticised the Opposition leaders for not allowing to run the last session of the Assembly. Titilagarh MLA Sahu said she would strive to realise the unfulfilled dream of late Abhimany Sahu. BJD State council member Arkesh Singh Deo called upon workers to strengthen the party base in grassroots. MP Kalikesh Singh Deo, however, was absent and his message was read out.

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