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Paswan launches Third front campaign

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NEW DELHI OCT.17. The Lok Janshakti Party president, Ram Vilas Paswan, today sought a CBI inquiry into the siphoning off foodgrains worth Rs. 1,300 crores by unscrupulous traders in close connivance with the Delhi Government officials and politicians which should have reached the poor people under the Public Distribution System (PDS) in the Capital. He charged that this huge quantity of foodgrains had been sold in the black market and the poor got nothing but empty promises.

Launching the election campaign of the Third Front for the Delhi Assembly polls at a public meeting at Methapur Chowk in Badarpur Assembly segment in South Delhi, Mr. Paswan said what was happening in Delhi was open loot and said only a CBI inquiry could bring out the truth. He said people living below the poverty line were not getting cheap rations and had been left at the mercy of unscrupulous traders.

Mr. Paswan said the loot did not stop here and now the heads of all the Agriculture Produce Marketing Committees had been instructed to collect funds for the Congress which had pushed up the prices of onions and vegetables in the open market. The traders have alleged that they had been forced to hike the prices, which once again show signs of getting out of control. He said the Congress should not forget that it was the onion crisis which had ensured it such a massive mandate in 1998 polls.

Announcing the candidature of the Third Front chairman, Ramvir Singh Bidhuri, from the Badarpur Assembly segment, the Lok Janshakti Party president said the failures of the Delhi Government were not hidden and said the manner in which dengue was spreading across the Capital gave an indication of total breakdown of the official machinery. He alleged that facts were being suppressed as more than 100 people had died and more than 5,000 had been admitted to various hospitals across the Capital. Despite the panic in the Capital on this front, nothing was being done by the Delhi Government.

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