Budget Session of Odisha Assembly beginning from March 20 to be stormy


Bhubaneswar: The budget session of the Odisha Assembly beginning from March 20 is likely to be a stormy affair as the opposition Congress and BJP are going to raise a host of issues to put the State Government is an embarassing situation.

After the victory in the by-election to the Bijepur assembly constituency with a huge margin, the BJD is likely to target the four year old Narendra Modi government at the Centre for non-fulfillment of promises.

Besides, the BJD will raise issues including non-revision of minimum support price (MSP) on paddy and rejection of the state government’s demand to create three new railway divisions under the East Coast Railway (ECR).

“Centre delayed formation of tribunal on Mahanadi river water dispute and ignored Odisha’s demand to ensure that Chhattisgarh stops construction activities in the upper catchment areas of Mahanadi river,” deputy government chief whip Rohit Pujari said and added The BJD will also raise the Polavaram dam project built unilaterally by Andhra Pradesh and other issues to target the Centre for neglecting Odisha.

The BJD legislature party (BJPLP) will meet here tomorrow to discuss the strategy to be adopted by the party during the budget session.

Leader of the opposition in the assembly and Congress veteran Narasingh Mishra said the party will raise issues like acute shortage of drinking water, largescale vacancies in the post of doctors and teachers in rural areas and anti-farmer policies of the state government during the session.

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