Top leaders of parties address election rallies

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh on Monday campaigned for BJP candidate Dharmu Gond in Umerkote Assembly constituency in Nabarangpur district.

On the last day of campaign for this byelection for which polling to be held on Wednesday, Odisha unit of the BJP used Mr Singh as its trump card of their campaign. Mr Singh addressed two public meetings. One of them was at Umerkote and the other was at Raighar. They are the two places where Odisha Chief Minister and BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik had addressed campaign meetings in support of his party candidate Subash Gond. Even the venue of public meeting by both these Chief Ministers was the same at both places. Like Mr Patnaik his counterpart from Chhattisgarh also flew in to Umerkote by helicopter to take part in the first campaign meeting. The next meeting was held at Raighar.

During his speech Mr Singh in tacit manner hit out alleged use of money and muscle power by the ruling party during campaign. “It is a fight between common people and money power and I am sure money power would get defeated,” he said. He urged the voters of Umerkote Assembly constituency that borders Chhattisgarh to defeat both the BJD and the Congress in the byelection to send a message to the Central government and the State government that voters have decided to show up their angst against corruption and anti-people policies. “The ruling parties should get a message from this byelection that if they did not change themselves they would get ousted from power,” he added.

He was critical of the Manmohan Singh government and said this government was only busy showing up ‘false' data regarding progress while in reality common man of the country was showing no signs of development. He alleged that Odisha government had failed to properly utilise its natural resources. He cited examples of several pro-poor developmental projects in his State with stress on their practical implementation to allege that Odisha government did not seem to have real intention for development of tribals and downtrodden. “In our State I have made it sure that there would be no power cut both for peasants and industries while peasants are getting 6,000 units of free electricity every year,” he said. He seemed to be hinting voters about power cut continuing in Odisha.

During the last phase of campaign the Congress also organised a rally at Umerkote in support of their candidate Jatindranath Gond. It was attended by All India Congress Committee (AICC) Jagdish Tytler and State president of the party Niranjan Patnaik. BJD MP Pyarimohan Mohapatra along with several BJD leaders took part in a campaign meeting in Raighar area during last hours of campaign.

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