Will be viable alternative to BJD-BJP: NCP leader

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Joining forces: Bijay Mahapatra and Ashok Das at their first media conference in Bhubaneswar on Thursday.
Joining forces: Bijay Mahapatra and Ashok Das at their first media conference in Bhubaneswar on Thursday.

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We will build a broad-based coalition, says Bijoy Mohapatra

BHUBANESWAR: The newly revamped Orissa unit of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Thursday claimed that it would emerge a viable alternative to the ruling Biju Janata Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party combine and the main opposition Congress in the State.

"We will work hard to strengthen our party organisation in all the 30 districts of the State within two months time by welcoming political leaders and workers of various political parties into out party fold," Bijoy Mohapatra, head of the party’s 13-member Steering Committee said at a press conference here.

Mr. Mohapatra further said that NCP would also work to build a broad-based coalition by taking like-minded parties along to defeat the ruling coalition in the coming polls.

The NCP leader also claimed that the party was ready for a mid-term poll in the State. Reacting to Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik’s statement that his party was ready for the polls all the time, Mr. Mohapatra said the Chief Minister should stop talking about mid-terms polls.

"If Mr. Patnaik has the guts to face a mid-term poll, he should immediately dissolve the government and go in for a snap poll," Mr. Mohapatra said.

As regards the strengthening of the NCP in the State, Mr. Mohapatra said that the Steering Committee had decided to organise meetings to induct youths and political workers into the party starting from October 6.

Such meetings will be held in Berhampur, Mayurbhanj, Phulbani, Nayagarh, Angul, Sambalpur, Cuttack, Dhenkanal and Sundargarh. Mr. Mohapatra and senior party leader Ashok Das criticised the BJD-BJP alliance government for its failure to tackle the flood situation in Balasore, Bhadrak and Jajpur districts.

"The Government has failed to provide relief topeople in marooned villages," they said, demanding a white paper on floods and relief operations in ffected regions. The two leaders also came down heavily on the government for its failure to control the cholera deaths in Kashipur, Dasmantpur and Thuamulrampur blocks in the KBK region of the State.

The launching of the Biju KBK Yojana had made little difference to the lives of the people of the KBK region, they said.



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