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Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

‘Missing’ posters of BJD leader and Raghunathpali MLA Subrat Tarai were found pasted on walls at Sector-6 Hillside slum in Rourkela on Saturday.

As per reports, the posters bearing a picture of the MLA with ‘missing’ written on those were found on the walls of schools, colleges, clubs and several houses. It has also been written on the posters that Tarai is missing after the election and, as a result, the slum dwellers are deprived of basic facilities.

Many of the slum dwellers alleged that the MLA never visited their area after the election and turned a blind eye towards their problems.

“The Hillside slum dwellers in Rourkela are grappling with many problems like lack of drinking water, improper drainage and electricity facilities. There is no proper ground for the children to play. However, our MLA is hardly paying any attention towards our plight,” alleged a slum dweller.

“Though we have informed the MLA about our problems several times, he has turned a deaf ear. Now our patience has crossed all limits,” he added.

On the other hand, Tarai termed the incident as a conspiracy against him and blamed the Opposition for the act.

“It’s a strategy by the Opposition parties to blemish my image and popularity,” said Tarai.

“Recently I had undergone spinal surgery and the doctor had advised me to rest for a few days. That is why I couldn’t visit my constituency during the short period. However, development work is going on continually in the constituency without any hindrance,” he said.

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