Six parties to meet Patnaik over Posco issue on Friday

Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday accepted a proposal of six political parties including the left, for holding talks on the displacement issues relating to the proposed Posco project near Paradip.

Last Updated: Jun 09, 2010, 22:36 PM IST

Bhubaneswar: Orissa Chief Minister Naveen
Patnaik on Wednesday accepted a proposal of six political parties
including the left, for holding talks on the displacement
issues relating to the proposed Posco project near Paradip.

The Chief Minister would meet a delegation of six
parties comprising CPI, CPI(M), Forward Bloc, RJD, SJP and JMM
on June 11, official sources said.

The parties wrote to Patnaik yesterday to resolve the
vexed Posco issue through political dialogue instead of
depending on administration or police.

Asking the Chief Minister to stop the ongoing
socio-economic survey at the proposed plant site villages
allegedly by using force, the parties highlighted police
`excesses` on the villagers.

The six parties, that had earlier rejected any talk
with officials on the Posco issue, were also planning a dharna
near the state secretariat opposing the state government`s
move to forcibly acquire land for Posco project.

Patnaik accepting the proposal of the political parties
comes a day after villagers earlier opposed to the mega steel
plant project of the South Korean company approached the
authorities and asked them to take up survey work in their
area.

PTI