Mahanadi row: Raman’s statements create ripple in Odisha; BJD terms it waywardness

Bhubaneswar: Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh’s statement on Mahanadi has once again created flutter in Odisha even as the BJD condemned such remarks and dubbed it as waywardness of the neighbouring State.

Coming down heavily on Singh, BJD MP and party vice-president Prasanna Acharya said at a press meet that such remarks are against federal structure and interests of Odisha.

“Centre and Chhattisgarh got into a big understanding and hatch a great conspiracy against Odisha. His statement is a move towards destruction,” Acharya told the news men.

“There are no such norms in the constitution that any State, which has more catchment areas, can use more water as he claimed yesterday. River water is national asset. No individual States can stake claim over it”, Acharya pointed out.

The BJD leader further said “His statement clearly violated the Supreme Court guidelines. Honourable Raman Singh has clearly showed his waywardness by saying that Central Water Commission can’t stop them to use more water from Mahanadi”.

The Prime Minister also gave wrong information on Mahanadi tribunal, he added.

Similarly, BJD general secretary Sanjay Dasburma sought clarification from Union Ministers Dharmendra Pradhan and Jual Oram over Singh’s statement. “Raman Singh should apologise for his statement. Otherwise BJD will take to the streets from today,” Dasburma said.

“At whose behest, Singh dared to give such statement? Who has given him such poer that he did not care the Green Tribunal and Central water Commission,” asked BJD vice president Debi Prasad Mishra who was present in the press conference.

The Chhattisgarh CM, at a press meet yesterday in Raipur, had said that no one can prevent them to take water from Mahanadi. He claimed that Chhattisgarh has one third share of the Mahanadi water as 85% catchment area of the river is in the State. “I think that we are utilising the right share of water and should use more. No one including the CWC can stop us from taking water,” he added.

Hitting out at Naveen Patnaik-led Odisha government, Sing said that BJD-government has raised the issue as the general election is approaching. BJD is only trying to gain political mileage out of it, he had added.

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