Just less than an hour after Chhattisgarh CM Dr. Raman Singh told the media that Mahanadi was a non-issue and he was ready for talks anytime, Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik hit back, saying the former is not telling the truth.
“Whatever Raman Singh is telling, is far from truth. Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti had called a meeting in Delhi to resolve the impasse. However, Dr. Raman Singh did not cooperate”, said Naveen.
“Mahanadi is the lifeline of Odisha. It’s not a political issue for us. We (BJD) will continue to fight for the state’s interest. It won’t be proper to say Mahanadi is a non-issue”, he added.