BJP, BJD Equally Responsible For Odisha’s Backwardness: Cong

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"While BJD is to be blamed for Odisha's poverty, backwardness and misrule, BJP is also equally responsible for this," Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) president Prasad Harichandan said here.

Launching a scathing attack on both the parties, a day after BJP's national executive meeting, Harichandan said, "If BJD is 'Duryodhan' (mythological character) for Odisha, BJP can be described as 'Dusashan'."

The OPCC chief said BJD and BJP shared power in Odisha for nine long years between 2000 and 2009.

Describing Prime Minister Narendra Modi's two-day visit to Odisha as "highly disappointing", the Congress leader said, "The PM did not utter a word about Odisha."

"It was unfortunate that he (Modi) kept silent on Odisha's rights over Mahanadi water which is adversely hit due to the construction of barrages on upstream of the river by Chhattisgarh," the OPCC chief said.

"The demand for formation of a tribunal to resolve the river water dispute between Odisha and Chhattisgarh has also gone unheeded by the Centre," he said.

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