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BJD blames Left parties for Posco delay

india Updated: Jan 18, 2010 20:50 IST
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Ruling BJD in Orissa on Monday blamed Left parties for delay in implementation of steel major Posco's Rs 51,000-crore project near Paradip.

"While local people are in support for the South Korean steel major's mega steel plant, a handful of Left activists guided by leaders from West Bengal are foiling efforts to set up the 12-MTPA greenfield steel mill," BJD Secretary General and state Agriculture minister Damodar Rout said.

"Those who failed to set up an industry at Singur in West Bengal are out to foil Orissa's attempt to set up a mega steel plant here," Rout, a senior leader from Jagatsinhpur, said, adding Orissa government is determined to set up the steel plant despite opposition.

Asked to name the left leaders who "incited" anti-Posco movement in Orissa, Rout said: "What business AB Bardhan and D Raja have in Kujang area. Several Left leaders including a minister from West Bengal have visited the proposed plant site to instigate people against Posco," he said.

Rout's charges came despite ruling BJD's electoral tie-up with CPI and CPI(M) during April 2009 elections.