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Modi set to address rally in Odisha

modi-in-sambalpurBJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is set to address an election rally in Sambalpur in Odisha on Friday.

This is the Gujarat chief minister’s second rally in the state since February.

In his last rally in Bhubaneswar on February 11, Modi had questioned the governance model of Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik.

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Maoists Trying to Reorganise: SP

Maoists are trying to re-organise and regain their lost ground in the district, said Sambalpur SP Prateek Mohanty on Thursday.

Briefing mediapersons about the exchange of fire that took place on Wednesday, Mohanty said there were 30 to 35 Maoists in the group including eight to 10 female cadres.

The exchange of fire took place in Landakot reserve forest under Rairakhol police limits of the district and police had specific information about their movement.

The SP said the Maoists opened fire first and police retaliated in which 130 rounds of bullets were fired and grenades used. As the exchange of fire could have left some Maoists injured, a joint operation by police and CRPF was underway to trace the injured.  He added that all the cadres were armed with weapons like AK, INSAS and SLR.

The seizure included garments, utensils, medicines, uniforms, Maoist literature, groceries, ammunition bags besides other items.

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Sources said Maoists are trying to push hard their plan of developing a corridor which would unite the banned Left ultras from Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh.

The movement is believed to be a part of the plan. According to reports, Maoists have set aside Sundargarh district from their original Sundargarh-Deogarh-Sambalpur Divisional Committee and included Sonepur district. Hadrcore Maoist leader and secretary of Dakshin Chhotanagpur Zonal Committee Samarji alias Anmol Hembram is believed to be coordinating the activities.

Maoists from across the border on both sides are planning to make Gandhamardan hill range in Bargarh district a hopping point before converging in Sunabeda wildlife sanctuary in Nuapada district.

They are planning to replicate their model of guerilla warfare and training camp in Sunabeda with security forces out against them in Saranda forest in Jharkhand bordering Odisha.

Ensure Smooth Functioning of Courts, Offices in W Odisha: HC

In what would come as a major relief to the people of Western Odisha, the Orissa High Court on Wednesday directed the State Chief Secretary and the Director- General of Police to ensure smooth functioning of courts and offices in the region.

The full bench of the court comprising Justice P Mohanty, Justice I Mohanty and Justice S C Parija instructed the State to see to it that the general public, litigants and employees do not face any obstruction in entering and exiting the courts and offices.

As per the earlier orders of the court, the State counsel, on the basis of reports received from the Collectors of the Western Odisha districts, submitted that courts in  different parts of the regions were functioning but work was affected due to the continuing strike by lawyers. The bench has sought further reports from the district judges of 11 districts on the functioning of courts in their jurisdiction by the first week of April. Acting on a petition filed by one Saroj Kumar Padhy and a letter from the District and Sessions Judge, Sambalpur, the court had also initiated contempt proceedings through Registrar (Judicial) and directed the Registrar Administration to submit a status report on the court strikes in Western Odisha.

The petitioner had prayed for declaration of the bandh and strikes across the State illegal as they posed serious problems to the general public. Pensioners were not able to receive their pensions while students faced severe hardships in getting different documents from the offices.

The daily wage earners were not able to manage a square meal as there was no work for them. People were also being deprived of medical services on account of the strike.

He alleged that the State Government had not taken any action to prevent the illegal activities that violated every Rights enshrined under the Constitution.

Local congress members threaten to resign in Bargarh

Congress members of Bargarh have threatened to resign en masse following the reported decision of the Central Election Committee (CEC) of the party to re-nominate all the six sitting MPs including Sanjay Bhoi from Sambalpur.

Bargarh District Congress Committee president Ananta Sayan Padhi said there is resentment in the party against Sanjay Bhoi.

After the Pradesh Election Committee (PEC) chairman and president of the Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) Jayadev Jena hinted at renomination of all sitting Congress MPs, the party functionaries at district and block decided to protest it. At a meeting recently, they were critical of Bhoi for  staying away from the party and the voters during his entire tenure.

The functionaries were also peeved at the OPCC and AICC for ignoring their petition over the matter and requested to nominate some other candidate. They have decided to resign en masse if the Congress leadership does not consider their demand.

Earlier, a delegation of party legislators comprising Jharsuguda MLA Naba Kisore Das, Bargarh MLA Sadhu Charan Nepak, besides, functionaries of Bargarh and Jharsuguda

District Congress Committee met Screening Committee chairman Oscar Fernandes, AICC general secretary and Odisha-in-Charge B K Hariprasad and submitted a letter addressed to the Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi apprising him of the ground realities.

Explaining that since both the Assembly and Lok Sabha polls would be held simultaneously, they had expressed their apprehension of losing out if Bhoi is re-nominated as Congress candidate for Bargarh Lok Sabha seat. Pointing out that the defeat of Bhoi was imminent as he had alienated himself from the voters over the last five years, they alleged that he had failed to deliver as MP of Bargarh constituency.