BJD launches ‘Haq Maguchi Odisha’ campaign against Centre’s ‘apathy’

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Bhubaneswar: The Biju Janata Dal (BJD) on Monday launched ‘Haq Maguchi Odisha’ (Odisha demands its rights) campaign in protest against the alleged indifferent attitude of the Centre towards Odisha.

As part of the campaign, members of the BJD’s student and youth wings carried out a mass rally at Lower PMG in Bhubaneswar and raised slogans against the BJP-led government at the Centre.

The BJD, which has been raising the bogey of ‘Central neglect’, demanded replies from the Central government. The issues raised by the ruling party are:

Special state tag for Odisha

The special state category status for Odisha was the main point of the BJP’s 2014 election manifesto. However, the saffron party forgot the poll promise after coming to power.

Employment

Odisha’s ruling BJD claimed that the BJP has failed to provide adequate employment to the youths of the country. At least 40 lakh Odia youths might get jobs in various sectors. The BJP party had promised to provide two crore jobs per annum if voted to power.

Mahanadi issue

The BJD claimed that the Centre has favoured Chatishgarh in the Mahanadi river water issue.

In addition, the BJD also raised issues like construction of National Highways in the state, telecom service, Railway, bank services, the increment of paddy MSP and other issues during the campaign.

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