Bhubaneswar, Jan 17 (UNI) Orissa Samajwadi Party(SP) President Kailash Mishra today said his party would emerge as an alternative to the Congress and the BJD-BJP alliance in the state.
Addressing party activists at a meeting organised here to felicitate him after he took over the party affairs in the state, Mr Mishra said his party would field candidates for all the 147 assembly seats and would emerge as a third force.
He criticised the present alliance government in the state for indulging in caste-based politics and promised to maintain secularism.
Mr Mishra also promised to provide free education to poor students up to the graduation level, provide Rs 25,000 to the poor to get their daughters married and Rs 1,000 allowances to the poor farmers if his party came to power.
The SP leader said the party would also ensure right price for the agricultural products and would not allow leasing out the mines to the industrialist at a throwaway price.
State party General Secretary Rabi Behera, Vice President Balaram Sahu and party in-charge of Orissa Bijendra Singh were among others present at the meeting.
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