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Uma's party to contest panchayat polls in Orissa

Bhartiya Janashakti Party will contest the elections in Orissa fielding women candidates in 50 per cent of the seats.

india Updated: Sep 25, 2006 15:29 IST

The Bhartiya Janashakti Party founded by firebrand leader Uma Bharati on Monday announced it will contest the coming panchayat elections in Orissa fielding women candidates in 50 per cent of the seats.

Party's all-India Vice-President and former Deputy Speaker of Orissa Assembly Rama Chandra Panda said on Sunday night that although it was formed just four months ago, the party had been growing in the state and so far 25 district units had been formed and their presidents appointed.

Criticising the BJP which he quit to join the new outfit, Panda said it had failed to deliver on the promises made to people after coming to power.

Bharatiya Janashakti Party has appointed Sailendra Mohanty, son of former MLA Dhananjoy Mohanty, as the general secretary of its state unit.

Kabita Ray, former chairperson of the Rourkela Municipality was made president of the party's Sundargarh district unit. Ray is the sister of former union minister and Rajya Sabha member Dilip Ray.

Ray said her primary work will be to fight against rising corruption.