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BJD to hold ‘Jal Satyagraha’ to protest Raman Singh’s visit




 Ruling Biju Janata Dal today announced staging a ‘jal satyagraha’ from tomorrow to protest the visit of Chhatisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh to State to campaign for BJP candidates for the ensuring rural polls in the State.

Party activists in large numbers will stage protests in Sambalpur and Cuttack, announced BJD spokesperson Sashibhusan Behera at a press conference here today.

Behera said, the party cannot allow a person who is hampering the interest of the State into the State.

“How we will allow a man in our land, who is against the interest of our people and State? Mahanadi is our lifeline and is depended upon since ages by people across the State,” Behera said.

The BJD leader said that it was saddening that despite the protests of the State government over the issue, for which the Centre has been requested to intervene, Singh has refused to stop construction of a single barrage in the upper catchment area of Mahanadi.

“To protest his Odisha visit we will stage ‘jal satyagraha’ from tomorrow at Cuttack and Sambalpur.  In the morning our party activists will stage the protest in Mahanadi at Sambalpur and in the evening we will perform ‘sandhya alati’ (evening puja) which will be a peaceful and silent protest,” he said.

Meanwhile, BJP , which had roped in Singh as one of its star campaigners, said Singh will arrive here tomorrow and campaign for the party in several districts of the State for a couple of days.

Notably, senior BJP leader Bijay Mohapatra has also disapproved any campaigning by the Chhatisgarh Chief Minister.

“Roping in a Chief Minister for rural polls is not appropriate,” Mohapatra had told reporters soon after the party decided to involve Singh in the campaign. 

Reacting to BJD’s announcement, Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan told reporters that the ruling party is scared of the State’s people rejecting it in the rural polls.

However, it is upto the ruling party, as a political party, to adopt any form of agitation in a democratic manner.






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