To contest all Assembly and Lok Sabha seats in the next elections
BHUBANESWAR: Three-time Member of Parliament Airya Kharavela Swain, who severed ties with Bharatiya Janata Party a few months ago, announced launch of a new party -- Utkal Bharat -- here on Monday.
Elected as founder president of the newly-launched party, Mr. Swain, said he would challenge Naveen Patnaik by raising issues pertaining interest of Orissa in national level by keeping his image clean.
“There has been no alternative to Mr. Patnaik in the State. Although thousands crore-mining scam has come to the fore, Congress-led Union government was not handing the investigation to CBI. Utkal Bharat would pursue a clean and value-based politics,” Mr. Swain said.
“The Naveen Patnaik-led government has utterly failed to control bureaucracy. Utkal Bharat has definite plan in the mind to make bureaucracy work for betterment of people,” he said.
The former BJP leader said the party had appointed several committees to prepare party’s constitution.
Mr. Swain said the party would field candidates in all 147 Assembly and 21 Lok Sabha constituencies in the coming polls. Moreover, Utkal Bharat would not enter into electoral agreement with any other parties in the State.
The former Lok Sabha member from Balasore had on several times threatened to quit BJP, but he had to put off his plans due to intervention of national party leaders.