Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Balasore, Jun 17:

The duped chit fund investors have threatened to discard the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) if it fails to return their investments before the panchayat elections due next year in Odisha.

Investors duped by chit fund companies protesting delay in return of money to them. (File Pic)
Investors duped by chit fund companies protesting delay in return of money to them. (File Pic)

The enraged chit fund investors under the banner of Arthika Sanstamanankadwara Kshatigrastanka Milita Mancha (ASKMM) echoed their voices in unison at the mass convention held here today where duped investors from four districts participated in it.

“We will let the government know in November at the mass convention in Bhubaneswar, where over one lakh people will attend, that it will have to face the consequences in the panchayat and assembly polls if it does not refund money to the investors,” ASKMM advisor Rabi Das said.

The participants from across four districts in the state assembled here at the Gandhi Smruti Bhaban today. They expressed resentment over the tardy progress of the chit fund commission.

“The Justice MM Das Commission has identified around 5, 900 investors in last three years. How many years will the government take to identify the affected investors?” a duped investor questioned.

Meanwhile, the political parties in the state have intensified their attack on actor-turned-politicians for their alleged links with chit fund companies.

“Why are they not resigning who have been elected to Rajya Sabha and spent chit fund money? Why is Papu Pom Pom not resigning from BJD that he has committed a mistake,” ASKMM advisor Soumya Ranjan Patnaik said.

The Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has demanded criminal proceedings against the actors for having links with Ponzi firms.

“Criminal proceedings should be initiated against persons like Anubhab and Siddhant. If they will be behind bars for over two years, their membership will automatically be cancelled. We demand their resignation as well as initiation of criminal proceedings against them,” BJP spokesperson Golak Mohapatra demanded.

The ruling party, however, has said that law will take its own course.