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Left parties vow to intensify struggle against POSCO steel project

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To organise convention here on May 31

Leaders of Left parties addressing a media conference in Bhubaneswar on Thursday.—Photo: Lingaraj Panda
Leaders of Left parties addressing a media conference in Bhubaneswar on Thursday.—Photo: Lingaraj Panda

Amid reports of the process of land acquisition for POSCO steel project nearing completion in Jagatsinghpur district, four Left parties on Thursday announced to organise a convention here on May 31 to intensify protest against the project. At a press conference, CPI (M-L) Liberation, CPI (M-L) ND, CPI (M-L), and SUCI (C) said they would fight tooth and nail to stop the project, as it would damage what they called the vibrant livelihood of villagers.

“America is pushing hard to establish the project by POSCO, though it is a South Korean company,” leaders of the Left parties alleged.

“It is a matter of grave concern that the government has stopped implementation of all welfare projects in the three panchayats — Dhinkia, Nuagaon, and Gadakujanga — as local people have been opposing the project for the past 8 years,” said Yudhisthir Mohapatra of the CPI (M-L) Liberation.

The company was using the government’s overarching power and deploying musclemen armed with guns and bombs to carry out land acquisition for the mega steel project, Mr. Mohapatra charged. Pointing out that the government bulldozed all norms in order to help the company, Sivram of the CPI (M-L) said, “Betel vineyards have been pulled down despite opposition from villagers. At least 100 families in Govindpur village have refused to part with their land. However, the government has threatened villagers, attacked, and falsely booked them in order to get their permission.”

The parties also made their stand clear. “We are not in favour of the shifting of project. We want complete scrapping of the POSCO prThe parties also presented villagers of Govindpur, who refused to receive compensation from the Jagatsinghpur district administration, at the press conference.

“I was right in the middle of betel vineyards when government personnel and musclemen surrounded me. I told them not to touch my vineyard as it was critical for my survival. However, nobody, including the tehsildar, paid heed to my pleas,” said Sanju Das, a native of the village.


  • CPI (M-L) Liberation, CPI (M-L) ND, CPI (M-L), and SUCI (C) join hands

  • Company using State’s overarching power to carry out land acquisition

  • State accused of ignoring all norms in order to help the company

  • Betel vineyards pulled down despite opposition from villagers, it is alleged

  • At least 100 families in Govindpur village refused to part with land, they said



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