press trust of india
RAIPUR, 2 JUNE: Unfazed by the dastardly attack by Maoists, the Opposition Congress in Chhattisgarh will soon resume its Parivartan Yatra from Keslur village near Jiram Ghati, the spot where its convoy was ambushed on 25 May.
Congress workers will pay tribute to the victims, including state Congress Chief Nand Kumar Patel, his son Dinesh, former Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Mahendra Karma and ex-MLA Uday Mudliyar among others, at all district headquarters on 6 June.
Tributes will be paid at all block headquarters on 7 June but not in the remote Moaist-dominated blocks of Bastar division, which includes the districts of Bastar, Dantewada, Bijapur, Narayanpur, Sukma and Kanker.
Twenty-eight people were killed and 36 were injured, including former Union Minister Vidya Charan Shukla, in the attack.
“We will re-launch the parivartan yatra very soon from the same place where it was left and will conclude at state capital Raipur,” AICC general secretary B K Hariprasad said at a Press conference. The rally had come under attack at Jiram valley in Darbha block when it was on its way to Keslur town in Jagdalpur district. The rally in its new avatar will begin from Keslur, he said.
Mr Hariprasad, also the party in-charge of Chhattisgarh, met with senior Congress leaders, district presidents, block-level members and general secretaries for two hours today. To allegations by the BJP that some Congress leaders were part of the Maoist conspiracy, Mr Hariprasad said the National Investigation Agency was probing the incident and its findings are awaited.
Meanwhile, AICC treasurer Motilal Vora said the party will soon take a call on appointing a new PCC chief before commencement of the parivartan yatra.
Union minister of state Charandas Mahant, Leader of Opposition Ravindra Choubey and other senior office-bearers attended the meeting. According to sources, Mr Hariprasad asked party leaders to refrain from giving irresponsible statements over the attack before the media and speak only about judicial and NIA probes.
Congress workers will pay tribute to the victims, including state Congress chief Nand Kumar Patel, his son Dinesh, former Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Mahendra Karma and ex-MLA Uday Mudliyar and others, on 6 June