Youth Congress activists stage dharna demanding CBI probe

Congress has decided to highlight cheating of investors by chit fund and other dubious financial organisations as a major issue during urban body elections in Ganjam district, home district of the Chief Minister and ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) president Naveen Patnaik.

The Congress party has chalked out various awareness building programmes and demonstrations against chit fund and other financial scams, said party Ganjam district president Bhagaban Gantayat. As part of it the youth Congress unit of Berhampur parliamentary constituency held a demonstration in the city on Friday. The Youth Congress activists burnt effigies of the Chief Minister and BJD MLA R.C.C. Patnaik . They demanded CBI enquiry into the scam related to chit fund and dubious financial organisations.

President of Berhampur parliamentary constituency Youth Congress Ajit Kumar Panda said links between some of the owners of dubious organisations with BJD leaders of Gnajam district were well known. “The Berhampur MLA had in the past recommended for opening of liquor shops. Apart from it he was also alleged to be having links with owner of a dubious financial company,” Mr Panda alleged.

Mr Gantayat said only CBI enquiry would reveal the truth behind the connection of BJD leaders and the dubious financial organisations. “The arrested head of Artha Tatwa group has already confessed of his relations with State ministers and BJD MLAs of Ganjam district, but the State police are not revealing the names as well as not taking any action”, he added.

Mr Panda alleged that money from dubious financial organisations as well as the network of these organisations had been used by the BJD during the last panchayat elections in Ganjam district. Now the poor investors have started realising the vagaries of this nefarious connection between these dubious organisations and the BJD leaders, he said.

The Congress leaders demanded the State government to make immediate arrangements so that the poor investors get back the money they had deposited in these dubious organisations. “It was obvious that relations of these organisations with leaders of the party in power also proved to be catalyst to create faith of the public towards these dubious organisations,” they said.