Daily Archives: January 5, 2012

Factional feud may topple Congress

Factional feud in the Sundargarh District Congress Committee (SDCC) is all likely to cost the party dear in the February panchayat polls.

Blame it on the Congress leadership’s failure to set the divided house in order even after OPCC president Niranjan Patnaik asked the party functionaries to bury the differences during his visit along with Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee in December last year.

The selection of candidates for the 35-member Zilla Parishad election is underway by the SDCC without consulting seasoned Congress politicians of the district. The nominations for the ZP seats would be filed from January 7 to 12.

Sources said the factional fight between the groups led by former chief minister Hemanand Biswal and former Speaker Kishore Chandra Patel is likely to cost the party dear in the panchayat polls. Biswal, originally a native of Laikera in Jharsuguda district was elected from Sundargarh constituency in the last Lok Sabha elections. All the district Congress leaders, including Patel, had joined hands to ensure Biswal’s victory in the polls. Biswal, however, distanced himself from Patel once the election was over and filled the SDCC with his loyalists so as to have a final say in the ticket issue.

Political observes view it as natural for Patel and his supporters to lay low.

Sources pointed out that the candidates’ selection for the ZP seats is underway by the SDCC single-handedly. A panel consisting of former MPs, MLAs and other prominent leaders is assigned with the job. Ever since the ZP council was revived in 1997, the Congress had majority in the councils in 1997 and 2002. The outgoing council of 2007 led by Serofina Toppo has 16 Congress members and is supported by JMM and CPM.

Patel has good rapport with the Congress workers in the rural pockets. His boycott of the electioneering may prove counter-productive for Congress to retain the ZP council. Political observers said it would be a daunting task for the OPCC chief to join the two power poles _ Biswal and KC Patel _ together.

Night restriction of train service extended till Jan 13

The night running of trains on Kharagpur-Tata section will continue to remain suspended between 10 pm and 5 am till January 13, railway sources said. As a result, 18477 Puri-Haridwar Utkal Express leaving Puri on and from January 7 to January 13 and 18478 Haridwar-Puri Utkal Express arriving Jharsuguda on and from January 7 to January 13 will run via Cuttack-Angul-Sambalpur Road and Jharsuguda instead of its scheduled route via Cuttack-Bhadrak-Kharagpur-Tata-Jharsuguda. New Delhi-Puri Purushottam Express (12802) will run on normal route via Gomoh-Bokaro Steel City-Purulia-Tata on and from January 6 to January 12 (arriving Tata). If it is running even marginally behind schedule, it shall be controlled at Tata upto 4.50 am the next day. Howrah-Koraput Samaleswari Express (18005) scheduled to leave Howrah on and from January 7 to January 13 at 9.35 pm will be rescheduled to leave Howrah at 8.10 pm of January 8 to 14 respectively. Similarly, 18006 Koraput-Howrah Samaleswari Express has been rescheduled to leave Koraput at 11 am instead of 6.45 am during the above period and will be regulated suitably in Jharsuguda-Tata section to avoid night journey. 12819 Bhubaneswar-New Delhi Orissa Samapark Kranti Express leaving Bhubaneswar on January 8 and 11 will leave at 10 pm instead of 3.40 pm. “Inconvenience caused to the passengers is deeply regretted,” an official said. PTI AAM PR HKS 01052044 NNNN

WESCO indulge in illegal action with trespassers

An owner of house at Fatak, Sambalpur Asharani Mishra, was launched a complaint against electric hijackers. Asharani shocked to see that two illegal trespassers into her house were using electricity illegally .In a complaint to the SDO of the concerned electrical sub-division of WESCO, Asharani wanted immediate disconnection of the illegal line and corresponding actions against the related persons. But to her surprise and shock, to neither, the JE to whom the complaint was addressed, nor the SDO concerned to whom copy of the complaint was given, this was a matter to attention.

Asharani Mishra, in her complaint before the Chairman of WESCO filed that she wanted her house to be free from illegal power connection failing which she would seek prevention in appropriate courts and make WESCO liable for the damage. The illegal hook was then removed, but despite Asharani Mishra having named the illegal users of hook to drag energy into her house, no action was taken against the hijackers of electricity. Yet, to her surprise, the SDO gave her alarming threats over phone that if any hooking is found in future; she shall be prosecuted against for the same.Asharani Mishra immediately informed the WESCO Chairman of this telephonic threat in her communication.

 To her phobia, she found that illegal connections are given to the trespassers by the WESCO officials on permanent basis devoid any meter and inspection of wiring. This being a potential threat to safety of her house, as she contacted the area JE, she was informed that, he had to give the connections under orders of Behera, the SDO as well as of the area Executive Engineer Bibhudendu Padhi. This information was to her hand on 28th of December 2011 and instantly she apprised the WESCO CEO of this illegality in her written complaint. But yet, no action is taken against the illegal users of energy and their collaborators in WESCO.The WESCO chief is unable to throw any light on this scenario.