Congress MLAs To meet President over the adverse impact of Chhattisgarh’s project on Mahanadi


BHUBANESWAR: With the Odisha government rejecting their proposal for a joint battle against development on the upstream of stream Mahanadi, the Congress Legislature Party on Tuesday said they will take the matter to the President.

"A delegation of Congress MLAs will meet the President and explain him  the adverse impact of Chhattisgarh's project on river Mahanadi. We welcome all MLAs cutting across party lines to accompany us to the Raisina Hills," Leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra said in the Assembly.

The fomenting MLAs, who had deadened the procedures of the House for two days, be that as it may, participated with the administration in the Assembly amid the post-lunch session after the CLP took a choice to meet the President.

The CLP's choice in such manner came after Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in his Saturday discourse on the Mahanadi issue, faulted both the Congress-drove UPA and the BJP-drove NDA for "one-sided" development exercises on the upstream of waterway Mahanadi by the Chhattisgarh government.

He had likewise blamed the Center for agreeing with Chattisgarh's position in the issue.Terming Mr Patnaik's statement as "politically motivated", Mr Mishra said "We had offered support to the state government in its fight against Chhattisgarh's unilateral construction. But the Chief Minister chose to blame the opposition instead." Mr Mishra said his party MLAs have decided to take the matter to the President and request him to use his good office to resolve the Mahanadi water dispute.

"No one should have any doubt that the Chief Minister is doing politics over the Mahanadi issue. However, so far as meeting the President is concerned, we will only join them if they plan on an all-party delegation. We have no reason to join a Congress delegation otherwise," BJP Legislature Party leader in Odisha Assembly KV Singh Deo said.

The ruling BJD said the Chief Minister has already announced that the state government has been taking both administrative and legal actions for stopping the construction by Chhattisgarh government.

"We will take the shelter of law," BJD spokesman and MLA Samir Ranjan Dash said.