Bhapur, Dec 10:
Former Congress MP and chairman of Ama Odisha Soumya Ranjan Patnaik on Monday said his outfit would be radically different from all existing parties in terms of organisational set-up and would strive to present a new political alternative to the state and its people while keeping the dignity, self-respect and interests of Odisha right on the top of its agenda. “In our organisation, people at the grass roots will form the mainstay ,” he said while addressing the inaugural session of Ama Odisha at Bhapur block in Nayagarh district.
Stating that corruption is rampant right from the state headquarters down to the block level in the state, he lamented that in the absence if any organised movement to root it out, people have had no choice than accept it as a fact of life.
“In view of this sorry state of affairs, Ama Odisha has decided in principle to mobilize people to raise their voice against corruption,” he said.
“Ama Odisha will work for the people of Khandapada constituency for fulfillment of their demands and other issues relating to education, health and communication network”, he said while expressing optimism that his party would emerge as the people’s choice in the state.
More than 500 senior members of Ama Odisha from across 19 panchayats including well-known educationist and social activist Biranchi Narayan Patnaik, former sarpanch Matia Swain, Suryamani Jena, Biren Das, Bikramaditya Khatei, Aniruddha Patnaik, Kanhei Swain, Mayadhar Sahu, Kabiraj Dhal, Baidhar Sahu, Brundaban Panda, Subala Patra, Duryodhan Sahu, Bijay Kar, Ramesh Prasad Rout, Banamali Behera, youth leader Sanjay Das, former sarpanch Lingaraj Das, Baikuntha Swain, Pramod Das, Chagali Jena, Babuli Dhal and Madhusudan Sundara attended the session and took a pledge to strengthen Ama Odisha party organization by uniting the youth through the booth level committee.
The members were unanimous in their opinion that while the leaders and the workers of the ruling BJD are neck-deep in corruption in the last 15 years of BJD rule, the Congress was busy with intra-party squabbles and allowed the ruling party go unscathed.
Citing the unprecedented success of newly-floated Aam Admi Party (AAP) led by Arvind Kejriwal in the just-concluded Assembly elections in Delhi, the members expressed confidence that Ama Odisha would script similar success in the state in the forthcoming Assembly elections.