Bhubaneswar: Urging people to boycott the polls, the outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoists has called for a shutdown in parts of Odisha April 10, a rebel leader said in an audio message Tuesday.
The leader of the party's Bansadhara-Ghumusar-Nagabali division who called himself Umakant has termed political parties like the Biju Janata Dal (BJD), the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party anti-people.
In an audio message released to the media, the leader has urged the voters of four southern districts -- Koraput, Rayagada, Kalahandi and Kandhamal -- to observe a shutdown in their respective areas where balloting will be held April 10.
He also accused the BJD government of exploiting the poor, downtrodden and innocent tribals and handing over their lands, forest, water and mineral wealth to the corporates. People must unseat this party from power, the rebel leader said.