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Odisha's BJP leaders supporting Chhattisgarh projects on Mahanadi: CM

IANS  |  Bhubaneswar 

on Wednesday accused BJP leaders from of supporting the government's projects on the river, which affect Odisha's interests.

Patnaik, who is also ruling Biju Janata Dal's President, also claimed that the state leaders were "shedding crocodile tears" on the issue.

Launching the Surakhya Yatra at Sukhasoda in district, Patnaik said both the Centre and governments led by the BJP had adopted an anti-approach.

"BJP leaders in Odisha are supporting for its projects on the Some leaders are shedding crocodile tears. If they are concerned about the welfare of Odisha and its people, they should oppose the Chhattisgarh government," he added.

He said that after the moved the Supreme Court, it constituted a tribunal to resolve the water-sharing issue.

"Mahanadi remains dry in most months of the year, except during rainy season. The Mahanadi in Odisha is drying up due to construction of barrages by Chhattisgarh. The water-level at the is also decreasing," the said.

He said that there will be lack of water for cultivation of Rabi crops in Odisha as a result, while fishermen will also facing losses.

Mahanadi Surakhya Yatra is scheduled to cover a distance of 1,585 km through 15 districts and culminate at Paradip in district.

In response, the state BJP said the BJD is trying to make the Mahanadi dispute an issue in ensuing Assembly elections.

"When a tribunal has already been formed, there is no point in holding an agitation. The BJD is trying to make it an issue ahead of the polls," said



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First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 16:34 IST