Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, Mar 21:
CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury today accused the ruling BJD of betraying the people of Odisha with its failure to fulfill the promises it made during the 2009 elections.
“We had a seat sharing arrangement with the BJD in 2009. But this time, we opted out as the BJD failed to fulfill the promises it made during the elections. The party has betrayed the people. The party, which is talking of development, has indulged in mining scam, chit fund scam and various other scams. Besides, it is providing land to different companies while tribals are deprived of their rights,” said Yechury at a press conference here.
The party has an electoral understanding with CPI in this election and has announced candidates for one Lok Sabha and 15 Assembly constituencies in the state so far.
Emphasizing the fact that Odisha has been poorest state of the country despite ample deposit of mineral resources, he said his party was of the view that people should be given jobs and value added to the minerals that is being looted in the state.
Replying to a question on whether BJD is developing cold feet to the proposed alternative front, the CPI (M) leader said the political alternative would take shape only after the elections as has been the case in other formations in the past, starting from the 1977 Janata Party, and then the 1988 Janata Dal, the 1998 NDA and the 2004 UPA.
The BJD had not attended the third meeting of the proposed force. The 11 parties had first come together on the issue of fighting communalism, and jointly held a national convention to highlight the challenge. Their second step was to have coordination in Parliament on major issues.
“Our aim is to form an alternative government minus the Congress and the BJP, which will provide alternative policies to the people since the people desperately need respite from the policies of the two national parties,” said Yechury, who had come here to highlight the party manifesto that aims to strengthen the Left.
Earlier in the day, Yechury was in Brahmapur for the filing of nomination of his party colleague and candidate for the Lok Sabha seat Ali Kishore Patnaik.