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Budget session: BJD to raise Mahanadi, Polavaram and paddy MSP in Parliament

Bhubaneswar: The ruling BJD will raise many pressing issues, including constitution of Mahanadi tribunal at the earliest, controversial Polavaram project and other issues in the interest of Odisha during the second phase of the Parliament’s budget session beginning on March 5.

A decision in this regard was taken at BJD parliamentary party’s meeting held at Naveen Niwas under the chairmanship of Chief Minister and BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik today.

“We will demand to expedite the process of setting up of Mahanadi tribunal to resolve the long standing water dispute between Chhattisgarh and Odisha. We will also raise issues, like Polavaram, to raise the minimum support price (MSP) of paddy and negligence in the railway sector,” informed party MP Kalikesh Singh Deo after the meeting.

“We will reiterate our demand to bring Odisha into one railway zone by creating three new divisions in State. We will also pressurise the Centre to deploy more central forces to tackle Maosit problems in State during the budget session of the Parliament,” added Kalikesh.

The second phase of the budget session will have a total of 23 working days and will conclude on April 6.

Notably, the first part of the budget session of parliament began on January 29 and was adjourned on February 9 to resume again on March 5.

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