Agnivesh, Basudev Acharya, to visit Posco site



Bhubaneswar: With the Orissa government to resume land acquisition for Posco's mega steel project in Jagatsinghpur district, a host of civil rights activists and politicians planned to join protesters at the site from Saturday.

Swami Agnivesh, who addressed an anti-Posco meeting here and will visit the spot, Dhinkia, on the morrow said "It is illegal to hand over fertile land to a multinational company like Posco.

"The state and central governments have no right to destroy a well developed agrarian economy in the name of establishing the country's biggest FDI," he said.

CPI(M)'s leader in the Lok Sabha Basudev Acharia would visit Dhinkia on June 21 to express his party's solidarity with the agitating people, CPI(M) state secretary Janardan Pati said.

A host of Gandhian leaders and environmentalist Bandana Shiva were also scheduled to visit on June 20, besides CPI veteran Gurudas Dasgupta a day later, Posco Pratirodh Sangram Samiti spokesman Prashant Paikra said, adding a BJP team would visit on Sunday.

Orissa Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) president Niranjan Patnaik was scheduled to visit on June 22. "This will be first visit of any PCC chief to Dhinkia area," Paikray said.

PTI