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Naveen in no mood to give up special category status demand for Odisha

Bhubaneswar: At a time when the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in Andhra Pradesh are trading charges with the Centre over granting special category status (SCS) for the State, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday here said that said the ruling BJD will continue to raise the SCS demand for Odisha.

“We have always raised the special category status for Odisha and are doing so again,” said the CM.

The statement came a day after two Ministers of the TDP resigned from the Union Cabinet demanding SCS for Andhra Pradesh as promised at the time of bifurcation of AP.

Senior BJD leader and Lok Sabha member Bhartruhari Mahtab earlier on Thursday said that the State will intensify its demand if the Centre grants SCS status to Andhra Pradesh.

The demand for SCS status for Odisha is a longstanding one with the Janata Dal and then the BJD reiterating it in every election manifesto. The regional outfit had also gone to the streets several times over the issue though the Union governments have always ignored the demand.

Patnaik had also recently reiterated the State’s demand during a meeting with NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Rajiv Kumar at the Secretariat here.

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