Bhubaneswar: Protesting cash crunch at banks and ATMs across Odisha, the ruling-BJD on Saturday staged protest in front of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) here in Bhubaneswar and other nationalised banks while BJP countered it by launching a 'Latka' campaign against Odisha government's failure.
The BJD activists staged the protest for two hours, from 10 am to 12 noon, in front of the RBI Headquarters in Bhubaneswar and all nationalised banks in sub-divisions and blocks across the State.
However, the banks continued with their operations as usual as the demonstration was by and large peaceful.
Biju Chatra Janata Dal president Ranapratap Patra alleged that the prices of fuels have registered a steep hike during the last four years.
"The BJP-led Central government has destroyed the entire banking system of the country. The unavailability of cash has led to a financial crisis like situation for the general public. ATMs are running dry; people from all walks of life are in a state of despair," he added.
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The BJP on the other hand today issued ‘Latka’ in the name of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in all the 113 urban local bodies of the State highlighting failures of the State government to provide basic services to people.
BJP activists, holding posters, were seen in front of all the 113 NACs and municipalities and corporations across the State.
Senior leaders of the party hanged note in front of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) office over several problems faced by people in different wards. The saffron party has threatened to stall functioning of BMC if no step is taken to resolve such grievances within seven days.
"We want to highlight lack of proper irrigation system, inability on part of the State government to use central funds in Amrut Yojna and the defunct drainage system in Odisha," said senior BJP leader Samir Dey.