Cong, BJP workers in custody before Patnaik visit
As many as 178 workers of Congress and BJP were taken into custody while staging dharnas opposing the visit of Orissa CM Naveen Patnaik here on Wednesday accusing the BJD government of being responsible for a series of scams.
Rourkela (Orissa): As many as 178 workers
of Congress and BJP were taken into custody while staging
dharnas opposing the visit of Orissa Chief Minister Naveen
Patnaik here on Wednesday accusing the BJD government of being
responsible for a series of scams.
Altogether 58 slogan shouting Congress workers and
local leaders and 120 BJP demonstrators were were taken into
preventive custody shortly before Patnaik`s arrival in the
steel city, police said.
The protesters wearing black badges and carrying black
flags to oppose the chief minister`s visit alleged that
corruption was rampant during the BJD rule.
Led by Rourkela Congress unit President Prashant
Behera, the party activists lashed out at the Naveen Patnaik
government accusing it of being responsible for a series of
scams including the mining scandal.
Alleging that Rourkela and its nearby areas were
neglected by the BJD government, the demonstrators demanded a
new bridge over river Brahmani on NH-215 as the present one
was unable to cope with heavy traffic.
The chief minister, addressing a BJD rally, said his
government was committed to work for all round development of
the people in general and backward tribal in particular.
"Economic condition of people has improved with the
ongoing industrial revolution," he said adding for the
employment of the youths, particularly from backward areas,
the government has taken initiative to open industrial
training institutes (ITIs) at the block level.
The state produced 15 million tons of steel with
commissioning of various steel units. Rourkela Steel Plant has
a sizable contribution in the steel production, he said.
On various schemes introduced to attract tribal and
backward students to schools and to check drop out, Patnaik
said bicycles were being given to girl students at the school
level with provision of school uniform. Efforts were also on
to provide bicycles to SC/ST boys.