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Govindacharya Opposes Posco Project

Published by MAC on 2005-12-25
Source: Statesman News Service

Govindacharya opposes Posco project

Statesman News Service

25th December 2005

BHUBANESWAR - Swadeshi Jagaran Manch leader, Mr KN Govindacharya, called upon the people to oppose the proposed Posco steel plant project, irrespective of party affiliations, in an organised way.

He even dared the ruling BJP to come out openly to oppose the project to prove its sincerity for the cause of Orissa.

Addressing a meeting organised by the Manch at the end of a week-long march in protest against the proposed Posco project, Mr Govindacharya said there was a need for launching a powerful mass movement as had been done in case of Enron power plant.

"Posco is setting the steel plant in Orissa only on profit motive. Development of the state is just an eyewash," he said. It is the people of Orissa who will suffer in the long run due to lack of farsight of few politicians when the precious mineral resources of the state will get depleted, warned the Manch leader citing the instance of Ethiopia.

The South Korean company and not the people of Orissa will get richer, he said stating that all the profits would go to Posco. Hence, the people of Orissa should organise themselves and give an united fight against the foreign company, exhorted the firebrand leader.

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