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BJD braces for agitation on Mahanadi, SCS for State

 The youth and students wings of the ruling Biju Janata Dal today braced for a state-wide agitation on June 19 to protest the alleged apathy of Centre on the Mahanadi issue and Union Minister VK Singh’s remark on special category status for Odisha.

Activists of Biju Yuva Janata Dal (BYJD) and Biju Chhatra Janta Dal (BCJD) will hold protests and stage agitation at all district headquarters across Odisha to press for these two demands.

Agitations will also be held at the Additional District Magistrate’s offices at Bhubaneswar and Rourkela.

Biju Chhatra Janata Dal president Rana Pratap Patra told a press conference that the remark of Union Minister VK Singh that Odisha does not need special category status is unfortunate.

He said river Mahanadi is flowing across Chhattisgarh and Odisha and the people of these two states have equal right over its water.

He said, “Mahanadi is not the paternal property of any individuals. Chhattisgarh government activities in constructing barrages across Mahanadi has resulted in choked flow in the river affecting agriculture and fishing activities and in turn the livelihood of a vast majority of people in State.

The BCJD president said the attitude of the Union Government is also not favourable for the State government.

“Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has written several letters to Centre, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi in this regard but to no avail,” Patra alleged. 

“Biju Yuva Janata Dal (BYJD) and Biju Chhatra Janata Dal (BCJD) will hold protests against this at all district headquarters on June 19,”  Patra said.

However, State BJP criticised the move of BJD. BJP Yuva Morcha (BJPYM) president Tankadhar Tripathy said, the ruling party is staging a drama in name of Mahanadi and special category status demand.

“They have constitutional rights but are misguiding students and youths of Odisha. It took them 18 years to know that government officers are taking percentage by harassing people, they should be answerable on it,” he added.

Notably on June 13, Singh had said it is not necessary to assign special category status to the State. He stated Odisha has not registered development as desired.

Singh added that the Centre had already launched a lot of welfare schemes for many states, including Odisha. While the State is getting 12% higher funds than before, why is there a demand for special category status, he questioned.



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