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Jharsuguda: “BJP leaders in Odisha are supporting Chhattisgarh for its projects on Mahanadi and shedding crocodile tears after coming here,” said Odisha Chief Minister and BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik while flagging off the second phase of Mahanadi Surakhya Abhiyan (Save Mahanadi campaign) at Sukhasoda village under Lakhanpur block in the district, where Mahanadi enters Odisha from Chhattisgarh.
“Mahanadi remains dry in most of the year except rainy season. If BJP leaders of Odisha have sympathy for people of the State, they should oppose the neighbouring Chhattisgarh for the projects,” Patnaik added.
“Mahanadi is the lifeline of Odisha and we will not let it to dry. It is not a fight of BJD rather people of Odisha for our next generation. Therefore, I request all to join in the campaign to save Mahanadi,” he concluded.
Naveen launched the campaign at Chikili village under Ambabhona block of Bargarh district also.
The BJD’s second phase agitation will continue for around a fortnight and the rally would pass through 15 districts – Jharsuguda, Bargarh, Sambalpur, Subarnapur, Boudh, Angul, Dhenkanal, Nayagarh, Cuttack, Khurda, Jajpur, Kendrapara, Puri and Jagatsinghpur and culminate at Paradip.
BJD leaders and workers will conduct different programme like meetings, roadside gatherings and cultural programmes during the Mahanadi Surakhya Abhiyan to make the people aware of the circumstances leading to decline in the flow of Mahanadi river water into the state.
This apart, the party activists will also offer diyas to the Lords in all old temples on both sides of the river including Maa Samaleswari in Sambalpur and Lord Gadagadeswar in Cuttack.
Notably, Odisha has been objecting to constructions of projects on the upper catchment of Mahanadi by Chhattisgarh.