Sunday, February 12, 2006
BJP's Jharkhand unit has expelled eleven activists from the party for their "anti-party" activities. The executive committee of the party yesterday approved the disciplinary committee's recommendation to expel eleven out of 26 suspended activists for six years, BJP state president Yadunath Pandey said. The disciplinary committee, Pandey added, however let-off fifteen others with a reprimand and revoked their suspension. All of them had been suspended and served show cause during the February polls. Soon after the approval by the executive committee, the report had been sent to the BJP central leadership, Pandey said. The decision, however, has not gone down well among many senior leaders of the party with some leaders openly expressing their unhappiness. The party also condemned those who were "trying to gain political mileage" from the incident.Pointing out that displacement of people to make way for developmental projects had become a "huge problem", the resolution welcomed the setting up of the ministerial committee to go into the rehabilitation issue describing it as a "timely step". "The decision of the Congress not to cooperate in this regard has exposed its double speak," the resolution said. The party also expressed "grave concern" over the spreading Naxalite menace in the state while demanding that four other districts should be included in the list of Maoist-infested districts. The districts are Sambalpur, Deogarh, Jharsuguda and Jajpur which should be provided Central funds towards security related expenditure, it said.
The party demanded that adequate funds should be provided for the state in the railway budget to take care of ongoing projects. Funds should also be provided in the ensuing Central budget for the proposed All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and National Institute of Science (NIS) at Bhubaneswar.