BJP targets govt over poor law and order situation

Cuttack: The two-day state BJP executive began here on Wednesday with the party targeting the Naveen Patnaik government over the deteriorating law and order situation, failure in governance on all fronts and spreading of Maoist menace to new areas of the state.

Nearly 200 executives, including invited office bearers and functionaries of the party from the district level are attending the meeting that was inaugurated by BJP national secretary and in-charge of Orissa Santosh Gangwar.

Besides BJP state president Jual Oram and senior party leader B B Harichandan, party national general secretary Dharmananda Pradhan, Surama Padhy and senior BJP leader Bijay Mohapatra are attending the meeting.

The national vice-president Venkaiah Naidu is scheduled to attend the meeting on Thursday when the party would prepare a political agenda for the panchayat elections in the state slated for next year, BJP sources said.

Today the leaders focused on its strategy to take on the Naveen Patnaik government on issues of corruption, law and order including police firing on innocent people, failure of the government to tackle the Maoist menace and failure of administration on all fronts.

The meeting also chalked out the party`s strategy to expand its organization in rural areas in view of the 2012 panchayat election.

The party would target both ruling BJD and opposition Congress in Orissa as these parties have `internal nexus`, the sources added. .

Even after having as many as 26 MLAs, the Congress party in the state is not functioning as an effective opposition party, Oram said.

The recent police firing incidents at Kodala, where four innocent people were killed and police `highhandedness` at Puri and Angul indicate that the police in the state under the leadership of Chief minister Naveen Patnaik, who also holds the home portfolio is unable to control the control the law and order situation, he added.

Senior party leader Bijay Mohaptra was in favour of setting up a judicial commission to go into the `uncalled for` police firing in Kodala.

The enquiry should be made by a sitting judge of Orissa High Court, he demanded.