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BJD ready to discuss topics brought up by Opposition in Assembly: Naveen

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik today said that the Biju Janata Dal is ready to discuss topics brought up by the opposition parties in the Budget Session beginning on Tuesday.

After chairing the BJD legislature party meeting here Patnaik said the party will raise issues pertaining to special category state status demand, Mahanadi tribunal and Polavaram project.

'In the forthcoming assembly session, we will raise different vital issues. We will raise the issue of special category status demand, Mahanadi tribunal and other important issues,' said Patnaik.

He said that the party is prepared to discuss the issues raised by the opposition on the floor of the House.

Last week, the Congress held its legislature party meeting to chalk out the strategy for the Assembly Session, while the BJP held its LP meeting today and decided to raise several issues including drinking water problem, pest menace, farmer suicides and other issues affecting the common people.

Finance Minister Shashi Bhusan Behera would present the annual budget for 2018-19 on March 23, which would be the last full budget before the next Assembly and Lok Sabha elections, scheduled in 2019.

The first phase of the House will run till March 31. The second phase is schedule to start from April 11 and end on May 5.

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