Saturday, August 12, 2017


Hundreds of Biju Mahila Janata Dal (BMJD) members held a demonstration in front of the RDC office in Brahmapur on Tuesday demanding that the Union Government withdraw the decision to hike LPG price by Rs 4 each month and end its subsidy.
The agitators came in a procession from the Ganesh Temple in Hilpatna and staged a protest meeting at the RDC office. Planning and Convergence, Skill Development and Technical Education Minister Usha Devi, Gopalpur MLA Dr Pradeep Panigrahi, Sorada MLA Purna Chandra Swain, Khallikote MLA Purna Chandra Sethi, BMC Mayor K Madhavi, Deputy Mayor Jyostna Nayak and Corporator Sanghamitra Dalai and Mamata Bisoyi were present.
Similarly, Balangir district BMJD members led by Titilagarh MLA Tukuni Sahu and Mahila Vikas Nigam Chairperson Shreemayee Mishra staged a demonstration before the Collectorate over the same issue.
Stating that the price of crude oil in the international market has been reduced by 52 per cent, Mishra said there is no justification in increasing LPG price in the county and it would hit the women most. Then a team submitted a memorandum addressed to the President of India through the district administration.
In Paralakhemundi, about 500 BMJD members led by Mohana MLA Basanti Mallick and Morcha district president Sanghamitra Sabar took out a rally in protest against the LPG price hike decision.
Women holding LPG cylinders sat on a dharna at the Collector’s office and shouted slogans against the Union Government. They too sent a memorandum to the President thorough the district Collector.
Among others, Gajapati district BJD president Pradeep Nayak, district yuba president P Krishna, Laxmikant Parichha and town president Jamidar Patrnaik were present.
Biju Mahila Janata Dal members of Jagatsinghpur district also staged a demonstration before the Collector’s office against the decision to withdraw the LPG subsidy. BJD district Mahila wing president MLA Rajashree Mallick lambasted the Centre for the decision and demanded its immediate withdrawal, BJD women leaders submitted a memorandum to the Collector for onward dispatch to the President of India. Members of the Jharsuguda district Biju Mahila Janta Dal also held a demonstration at the Collectorate protesting the Central Government's decision to hike cooking fuel price. The members led by BMJD district president Jai Kumari Patel shouted slogans against the Central Government and later submitted a memorandum, addressed to the President, to the district Collector demanding withdrawal of the decision.
 Similarly, members of the BMJD Mayurbhanj district held a demonstration at Baripada in protest against the Centre’s subsidy withdrawal proposal.
The demonstration held in front of the district Collector’s office was led by Morada MLA Praveen Bhanjdeo. Among others, district working presidents Debasis Mohanty and Debashis Marandi and MLAs Sudam Marandi aand Bhadav Hansdah were present. They later handed over a memorandum, addressed to the President, to the Collector.

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