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Janata Dal(U) to sever its alliance with BJD-BJP in Orissa

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Bhubaneswar, Oct 25 (UNI) The Orissa unit of the Janata Dal(U) today decided to sever its relationship with the ruling BJD-BJP in the state because of its anti-people stand.

Janata Dal(U) Orissa unit President Chitta Ranjan Mohanty told newspersons here that the decision to disassociate from the BJD-BJP alliance was taken after the national committee of the party resolved to give free hand to the state units to decide their alliance in the state.

Mr Mohanty alleged that the BJD-BJP government in Orissa has been protecting the interest of the business houses and the multinationals at the cost of the people of the state.

Valuable mines and thousands of acres of land had been handed over to the business houses in the name of ''industrialisations'' ignoring the plea of the poor tribals and the displaced people.

The Janata Dal(U), he said, would join the people's movement to oppose the anti-people policy of the BJD-BJP government in the state and extend its support to the opposition political parties if they promised to protect the interest of the people.

Mr Mohanty said his party would oppose the steel plant proposed by South Korean steel major POSCO and the Vedant Alumina Limited to exploit bauxite on the Niyamgiri hills besides Vedant University on the Puri-Konark marine drive.

The Janata Dal(U), he said, has demanded a CBI inquiry into the killing of Deputy Inspector General(South Western Range) Jaswinder Singh by his Personal Security Officer in Rayagada on October 23 last.

Mr Mohanty said the Crime Branch inquiry ordered by the state government into the killing of Mr Singh would be an ''eye wash'' to cover up the conspiracy behind the murder.

He said the party had a bitter experience of crime branch inquiry, ordered by the state government, into the attack on its president Sharat Yadav at Bhubaneswar Airport. So far no investigation had been made into the incident by the Crime Branch even after three years of the incident, he remarked.

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