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BJD MPs to raise Mahanadi, paddy MSP issues in Parliament

Bhubaneswar: The ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD)today announced its decision to raise the Mahanadi water dispute, Polavaram project row and other pressing issues facing the state during the winter session of the Parliament, beginning tomorrow.

The decision was taken today at the BJD's parliamentary party meeting at Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik's residence here.

All the 28 MPs of the party - 20 Lok Sabha members and 8 Rajya Sabha members - were present at the meeting, presided over by the CM.

"We will raise the Mahanadi water-sharing dispute in both the Houses of the Parliament. The party will lodge a protest against the Centre's apathy over the matter," BJD MP and parliamentary party spokesman Kalikesh Singhdeo told reporters after the meeting.

The Centre is favouring Chhattisgarh over Odisha by not constituting an interstate tribunal to resolve the dispute, he said.

This apart, Singhdeo said, the regional party MPs will also rake up the Polavaram issue and demand an increase in minimum support price (MSP) of paddy in the Parliament.

The Odisha government had been opposing the Polavaram dam project on Godavari river as it could lead to the submergence of a vast tract of land in the state.

"The Centre allowed the Chhattishgarh government to give bonus to its farmers while putting restrictions on Odisha. We will also highlight that in the Parliament," Singhdeo said.

The BJD MPs have also decided to raise questions over the Centre's delay in executing different railway projects in the state despite getting a free-of-cost land.

The state government has also agreed to bear 50 per cent cost of the railway projects.

The delay in construction of the second Brahmani bridge and non-revision of coal royalty will also be discussed during the winter session, said BJD Rajya Sabha MP P K Deb.

The 21-day-long winter session of Parliament will conclude on January 5. 

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