Red fear: Ministers to be fly to anti-Polavaram rally site

Orissa`s ruling BJD has decided that nine ministers who would take part in anti-Polavaram project rally scheduled to be held at Maoist-hit Malkangiri district tomorrow would fly to the venue.

Updated: Sep 11, 2010, 21:55 PM IST

Bhubaneswar: With some of its senior leaders
in the hit-list of Maoists, Orissa`s ruling BJD has decided
that nine ministers who would to take part in anti-Polavaram
project rally scheduled to be held at Maoist-hit Malkangiri
district tomorrow would fly to the venue.

Though Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik would skip the party
meeting for unstated reasons, nine ministers, two MPs and a
dozen of sitting MLAs besides senior leaders would address the
rally, official sources said.

Senior BJD MLA and former minister Rabi Narayan Nanda,
who is playing a major role in organising the rally, said two
choppers have been requisitioned to fly the ministers and
other senior leaders to tribal-dominated Malkangiri.

Malkangiri was considered as the worst Maoist-hit
district in the state as the rebels are running a parallel
administration there for over a decade, a senior Home
department official admitted.

"The ministers have been asked to avoid road journey
in view of the danger from red rebels on routes leading to the
meeting venue at Malkangiri," said a senior police officer.

Citing an instance, he said 11 security personnel were
killed in a landmine blast on April 4 at Gobindpalli ghat
linking Malkangiri and Koraput, hours after Energy minister
Atanu S Nayak had crossed the road.

"Ministers are strictly advised not to make road journey
though Govindpalli ghat road and other roads in Malkangiri,
Koraput, Rayagada and Gajapti districts of southern region,"
the police officer said.

The nine ministers scheduled to address the rally
include Finance minister Prafulla Ghadai who has been
receiving threat calls and letters from the out-lawed outfit.
Names of other ministers and BJD leaders figure in the list
of Maoists, said an intelligence report.

PTI