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Odisha Assembly ‘House Panel’ Formed To Chalk Out Future Strategy For Mahanadi Issue

07 December 2017

Soumya Ranjan Sahoo

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Bhubaneswar: As logjam persisted in Odisha Assembly over the Mahanadi issue since Wednesday as the Centre, in its affidavit filed in the Supreme Court, rejected Odisha’s repeated demand for constitution of Tribunal for resolving Mahanadi water sharing dispute with Chhattisgarh, Speaker Pradip Amat on Thursday had to convene an all-party meeting to end the impasse.

The all-party meeting decided that a House Committee to be constituted to chalk out future strategy on the Mahanadi water dispute.

This was informed by Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik after the meeting in the evening.
Briefing media on the significant development, the Leader of the House-cum-Chief Minister said, “We just had a meeting in the Speaker’s chamber about the Mahanadi issue. We’ve decided that a House Committee will be formed about this problem.”

“What the Central Government has done at the Supreme Court yesterday suggests that they are no longer neutral referee in this matter. So, we’ll have further discussions with leaders of other parties to think of our future strategy,” the CM stated.

The Mahanadi issue, in the wake of tribunal rejection by the BJP-led Centre, absolutely dominated the scene of the ongoing winter session of Odisha Assembly.

Following ruckus created by both the Opposition and ruling BJD soon after the House assembled on the day, Speaker had to adjourn it till 3 pm and later several times.

Eventually, the Speaker convened an all-party meeting at 5 pm in a bid to pacify the uproar. Earlier in the day, Leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra had moved a motion and had sought ruling from the Speaker on his demand for an all party meeting over the matter since Mahanadi is an issue of the people of Odisha and Odisha’s interest.

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Narasingha Mishra, Leader of Opposition, Odisha

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Pradeep Purohit, MLA, BJP, Odisha

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Amar Prasad Satpathy, Govt Chief Whip, Odisha