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In season of election sops,Orissa parties discover power of Re 1

Promising subsidised rice seems to a prominent theme of election manifestoes in the state.....

Promising subsidised rice seems to a prominent theme of election manifestoes in the state. The Congress,for instance,is all set to announce Re 1 per kg rice for the poor to beat the Rs 2 per kg rice scheme launched by Naveen Patnaik. Last year,the CM had started the Rs 2 per kg rice for poorer sections of the state and his party gained from the scheme,as was evident by the BJD’s victory in the civic polls. Congress working president Bhakta Charan Das said the party will also promise forming of a State Minority Commission and free electricity to farmers.

On Sunday,Samrudha Odisha,a newly formed regional party,also announced a plethora of promises in its manifesto. Party president Jatish Chandra Mohanty said his party will give Rs 3,000 per month to the poorest of poor families; students up to class tenth will be provided food,clothing and books free of cost; newly-wed women will be given LPG connections; farmers will be provided fertilisers at Re 1 per kg,seeds and insecticides at rebate rates and loan at 3 per cent interest rate.

The BJD manifesto will focus on development work taken up during the last nine years and a pledge to continue it,despite being ignored by the Central Government.

BJD spokesman Damodar Rout said the manifesto will not promise anything specific.The BJP is yet to decide its manifesto. BJP leader Biswabhushan Harichandan said the party will take credit for the development of the state during the last nine years.

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The BSP on Sunday said the party will field candidates in all the 147 Assembly and 21 Lok Sabha seats in the state. BSP chief Mayawati,who will address an election rally in Sambalpur on March 24,will announce the list of candidates.

The JD(U) will field its candidates in Cuttack and Kendrapara Lok Sabha constituencies and 25 Assembly constituencies. State JD(U) chief Govind Yadav said his party might ally with the BJP.