'Bone rattle' stir on NH-33

The Congress has decided to place placards on a key stretch of NH-33 with "BJP haddi tod" written on them to highlight the poor condition of the road between Namkum (in Ranchi) and Baharagora (in East Singhbhum).

By Our Special Correspondent in Jamshedpur
  • Published 12.09.18
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ROAD RAGE: State Congress president Ajoy Kumar at the news meet in Jamshedpur on Tuesday. Picture by Bhola Prasad

Jamshedpur: The Congress has decided to place placards on a key stretch of NH-33 with "BJP haddi tod" written on them to highlight the poor condition of the road between Namkum (in Ranchi) and Baharagora (in East Singhbhum).

State Congress president Ajoy Kumar told the media on Tuesday that party leaders would set up plaques at six points on NH-33 on September 16 to highlight the failure of the Centre and the state government to expedite repairs of the stretch of the highway that links the industrial hub of Jamshedpur with the state capital and is used as a freight corridor by four neighbouring states of Odisha, Bihar and Bengal.

"Several party leaders will be putting up plaques renaming NH-33 as 'BJP Haddi Tod NH-33' on September 16 to highlight the plight of commuters who are subjected to bone rattling rides on the highway," Kumar, a former Jamshedpur MP, said.

While Lohardagga MLA and former state party chief Sukhdeo Bhagat would be at Namkum, Suresh Baitha wo-uld lead the protest at Bundu. Seraikela-Kharsawan district president Chotrai Kisku and Hikim Mahto would jointly place a plaque at Chowka, while Kumar, along with East Singhbhum district president Vijay Khan, would do the honours at Pardih (Mango).

Rajya Sabha MP Pradeep Kumar Balmuchu will place a plaque at Ghatshila and the party's Baharagora block president Rahul Aditya will be at Baharagora.

"We will be announcing the time on that day as we fear the administration may try to scuttle our protest," Kumar said.

The Congress leader also ridiculed the East Singhbhum administration for down-playing the number of people arrested during Monday's bandh.

"There were more than 1,000 activists arrested. But the figure released by police said only 832 in East Singhbhum. It seems the administration was trying to impress the chief minister," Kumar said.