Basudevpur(Bhadrak), Dec 15:
‘Ama Odisha’ founder Soumya Ranjan Patnaik on Sunday called for an alternative political system in the state in which the fate of leaders is decided by voters and not by party bosses.
Addressing an impressive rally here this afternoon, Patnaik launched a scathing attack on the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) saying the state cannot be run with ‘servants’ and ‘government servants’ as is the case presently. While ministers take pride in calling themselves ‘servants’ of the party supremo, government servants wield real power in the present dispensation, he said.
Lambasting the BJD government for its strategy of bribing voters with sops like allowances and pensions, highly subsidised rice, free blanket and, free bicycles, Patnaik said voters are not ‘vegetables’, who can be ‘bought’ with money.
Elections should be fought and won by winning the trust of the voters with schemes and programmes keeping the long term interests of the voters and the state in mind, he added.
“Gandhiji had said that real independence will come when a woman can walk on the streets at midnight without any fear. But look at the reality. A woman is raped every six hours in the state. The time has come to ponder if we have really got independence,” the Editor of Sambad said.
Taking the BJD government to task for its propensity to invite ‘looteras’ from all over the world to loot the rich mineral reserves of the state, he said real development in the state is possible only with the development of the agriculture sector since an overwhelming majority of the population is dependent on this sector.
“But the BJD government could not care less about the farm sector and is focussing all its attention on industrialisation for reasons that are all too obvious. Even in the field of industrialisation, the government has never bothered about promoting highly beneficial industries like tourism, which can create jobs,” he said.
Dubbing the present government a ‘signboard government’, the founder of the newly launched party pointed to the blood bank at Basudevpur, which was inaugurated several years ago but is still not functional.
“This government has fooled the people of the state for 13 years with false promises and downright lies.
“The latest in the series of lies perpetrated by the government is the Revenue minister’s statement on the august floor of the state Assembly about Central assistance for rehabilitation work in areas affected by Cyclone Phailin and the subsequent floods. Having received Rs 1,000 crore from the Centre, the government sought to hoodwink the people by claiming that it had received only Rs 250 crores,” he said.
Turning his attention to the two major national parties, Patnaik said while the fate of local leaders is decided by the mother-son duo of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi in the Congress, Narendra Modi calls all the shots in the BJP.
“There is a need for a party where local level leadership emerges from among the people and not at the whims and blessings of national leaders,” he said.
Tracing the evolution of ‘Ama Odisha’ as a political party from an organisation that promoted Odia language and culture, and blood donation, Patnaik said the idea was to present the people of the state a viable political alternative that is not beholden to the supreme leader, but has the interests of the people at heart.
“Ama Odisha promises to give the people freedom – from hunger, unemployment and fear,” he said.
Earlier, the ‘Ama Odisha’ founder was brought to the meeting venue in an impressive procession.
This was the third Ama Odisha rally organised in the state after Birmaharajpur and Salepur.