Bhubaneswar: Slamming the Orissa government for forcibly acquiring the land from the farmers for Posco steel project, CPI, CPI-M, Forward Bloc, RJD and Samajwadi Party has decided to stage civil disobedience agitation in the capital on Monday.

The decision to stage the statewide protest in the capital was taken by the five political parties in a joint meeting.

In the joint meeting fingers were raised at Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for not following his promise and allowing the police to use force for land acquisitions. “The police on Friday assaulted people unwilling to hand over their betel vines for the steel project," said CPI state Secretary Dibakar Nayak.

Demanding shifting of the proposed plant site from fertile land of the three gram panchayats, they pointed out that earlier Indian Oil Corporation's (IOC) oil refinery project was relocated to Paradip from Dhinkia area. Similarly, the proposed Posco project should also be set up elsewhere, they demanded.

According to sources, in protest against government's move and alleged use of force for land acquisition, the workers of the five parties would start the civil disobedience agitation near the state secretariat on Monday i.e. June 6.

The five parties in a joint statement also accused the Orissa government of violating provisions of Forest Rights Act, 2006 and setting aside interest of farmers for the Posco project.

JPN/Bureau