BJP begins stir against BJD ‘misrule’

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha BJP unit on Friday began a three-day State-wide block office gherao programme to protest alleged massive corruption, misappropriation of Central Government funds and large-scale percent commission (PC) system during the 19 years of BJD rule led by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

As part of the protest, the party activists are holding demonstrations in front of all the 314 blocks across the State. The agitation will be held for three days – October 27, 29 and 30.

During the period, the saffron party would stage dharna in front of the block offices and highlight the failures and wrongdoings of the BJD Government and at the same time make people aware about the pro-poor programmes of BJP-led NDA Government at the Centre.

The saffron party alleged that the block offices have become the major hub of corruption and PC collection. They alleged that block offices across Odisha are functioning like BJD offices.

The block office gherao programme is part of the series of campaign against the ruling BJD chalked out by BJP in the recently held State executive committee.

Holding banners and placards and shouting anti-Government, the saffron party activists are sitting in dharna outside the block offices. Many senior party leaders too have participated in the agitation.

“We are protesting against the misrule of the Naveen Patnaik Government. It will be intensified further,” State BJP general secretary Bhrugu Baxipatra told a media conference here on Friday.

Similarly, a month-long ‘Parivartan Yatra’ would be organised in all 314 blocks and 114 urban local bodies (ULBs) of the State from December 1 to 30.

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