BHUBANESWAR: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today announced that Odisha's fight to get justice in Polavaram dam issue and Mahanadi river water dispute will continue.
Addressing the preparatory meeting of BJD month long padayatra proposed from October 2 to November 2 at the party headquarters here, the Chief Minister said neither the BJP led NDA nor the Congress led UPA has any concern for the people of Odisha.
Alleging that interest of their party is more important for them (BJP and Congress) from the people, Naveen said the BJD will make the people aware about central's neglection towards Odisha and good work done by the state government for the people.
Stating that central's neglect has become a barrier in the development of Odisha like natural calamities, the Chief Minister said the anti-Odisha attitude of the Centre in the Polavaram dam project issue and Mahanadi river water dispute is well known.
Naveen referred to the stoppage of central assistance from eight welfare schemes, pressure put on the state to lift wheat instead of rice under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) and making Aadhar identification mandatory for SC/ST students and said these are against the interest of the states. Such decisions are against federal spirit, he said. He said the BJD will observe October as the month of empowerment and awareness.