NCP asks Naveen to seek fresh mandate in Orissa

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Bhubaneswar,Oct 04 (UNI) The Orissa unit of the National Congress Party(NCP) today dared Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to resign and face fresh election stating that it had already lost the peoples mandate.

Talking to newsmen after the first steering committee members meeting,NCP steering Committee chairman Bijaya Mohapatra said the party would like to have a broad base front to defeat the BJD-BJP government in the state.

Mr.Mohapatra said the Chief Minister was 'panicked and scared' at the formation of the NCP unit in the state with the merger of the Orissa Gana Parishad and the state unit of the Janat DAl(S) into it.

He hinted that many political friends from the major parties in different districts have shown their desire to join the NCP and claimed that the party would soon emerge as the viable alternative to the BJD-BJP combine in the state.

Mr Mohapatra said the joining ceremonies of the leaders into the party will be taken up during the first phase in as many as eight districts and by next two months the party would cover all the 30 districts.

Alleging that the state government had miserably failed in the implementation of the NREG scheme and handling the large scale cholera deaths in the tribal dominated KBK region,the NCP leader dared the Chief Minister to resign and seek a fresh mandate.

Former state Janata Dal(S) President Ashok Das whose party also merged with the NCP,demanded a white paper from the state government on the measures taken to combat the flood situation.

He alleged that the devastating floods had damaged 50 per cent agriculture in the coastal districts of Balasore,Bhadrak,Jajpur and Kendrapada yet the government has not shown any seriousness to tackle the situation.

The relief management has been totally collapsed and the flood affected people were yet to get polythene sheets and other relief materials even after a fortnight.

UNI

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