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Naveen accuses Odisha BJP leaders of shedding crocodile tears over Mahanadi issue

Jharsuguda: Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik today accused BJP leaders in Odisha of shedding crocodile tears on Mahanadi issue.

“The BJP leaders in Odisha support Chhattisgarh’s projects on Mahanadi river. And after coming here, they are shedding crocodile tears. However, BJD would continue to fight for Odisha’s right on the long-standing issue,” said Patnaik while launching Save Mahanadi campaign at Sukhasoda in Jharsuguda district today.

“Except rainy season, Mahanadi, the lifeline of Odisha, remains dry in most of the year. If BJP leaders of Odisha are really worried for the interest of Odisha and have a little bit sympathy for people of the State, they should oppose the neighbouring Chhattisgarh for the projects,” added Patnaik.

Today, Patnaik launched party’s second phase ‘Save Mahanadi’ campaign at Sukhasoda in Jharsuguda district, the entry point of the river in Odisha. The campaign would cover over 1995 km in 45 Assembly constituencies in 15 districts along the Mahanadi basin and culminate at Paradip on May 30.

The CM also launched at Chicholi in Bargarh district today.

As part of the campaign awareness programmes will be held in 15 districts with lightning of lamps at all religious places situated on Mahanadi basin.  The main aim of organising the programme is to corner the BJP over the Mahanadi issue.

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