Nicety in politics can help address Mahanadi issue



Bhubaneswar, June 3: Politics over Mahanadi water row between Odisha and Chhattisgarh has intensified with the Congress on Saturday announcing to call a statewide bandh call shortly on the issue. Soon to follow, Mahanadi Banchao Andolan, an outfit, – also declared that it would also call for a bandh.

The Congress, which is struggling to consolidate the rural vote bank, described the ongoing efforts of the BJD and BJP a failure and blamed both the parties for the present crisis.

The BJD has been accusing the BJP for the Chhattisgarh government’s Mahanadi wrongdoings.

Amidst all such hullabaloo, the state unit of BJP has been trying to fend itself, knowing that it has just been dragged to the firing line for political reasons.

In politics, one has to very often take the beating without committing any blunder and crime. Same is the fate of Odisha state BJP. One has to sallow the bitter pill without any reasons. The state BJP leaders are now realising this hard and shocking reality.

No-one certifies that the Odisha state BJP leaders are hundred per cent right in their Mahanadi arguments. But one often wonders why the BJD, the party that tolerated for over a decade the mindless construction activities on the Mahanadi, – refuses to owe the responsibility for the present mess.  Its overconfidence, defiant attitude and finally lethargy accounted for Chhattisgarh going ahead with its projects.

Later than never, the BJP leaders, including Union petroleum and natural gas minister Dharmendra Pradhan, has admitted publicly that the recent remarks of Dr Raman Singh, chief minister of Chhattisgarh, on the Mahanadi issue was “incorrect.”

Dr Singh had said that no-one can stop his state from drawing water from the Mahanadi.

The BJD shows no repentance. Nor is it a mood to admit its faults.

Admission of faults does not lower one’s dignity. It rather glorifies him and enhances his or public image.

It’s well-understood that the 2019 Assembly and Lok Sabha elections are fast approaching and political parties will love to indulge in politicking, – whether on real issues and cooked-up subjects. However, it will be nicest if all the political parties who showed uncommon unity on the floor of the Assembly on December 13, 2017 and passed a resolution to pressure on the Centre to constitute Mahanadi Water Dispute Tribunal to solve the issue.

The tribunal has been constituted. Now, all the political parties must come together and deliver how effectively Odisha can put forth its stand on the issue when it is taken up for hearing by the body.


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