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Odisha Assembly: Uproar over Mahanadi water dispute with Chhattisgarh


Bhubaneswar: The proceedings of the Odisha Legislative Assembly were adjourned till 4 pm on Thursday over the ongoing dispute over sharing of Mahanadi water with Chhattisgarh. Members of the opposition Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) were demanding a discussion on the matter under a special motion in the House. Leaders of the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) in the state have alleged on several occasions that Odisha is facing problems due to the construction of check dams on the upper reaches of the river during the tenure of the BJP government in the neighboring state.

It is alleged that the neighboring state releases excess water during the rainy season, which creates a flood situation and stops the flow of water during the summer, causing problems to the people. The issue was raised during the Question Hour after the commencement of the proceedings of the Assembly. Congress MLAs initially contested these seats while BJP MLAs continued to demand discussion on the Mahanadi water dispute under a special motion after the question was adjourned till tomorrow. However, Speaker BK Arukha repeatedly asked the members to go to their respective seats, but it had no effect.

The Speaker said that the special motion cannot be discussed until the House passes the Appropriation Bill. He said, “You are all senior members and consider that there can be no discussion in the House through special motions till the passage of the Appropriation Bill. After the passage of the Appropriation Bill it can be taken up. Speaker of the Assembly The House was adjourned till 4.00 p.m., when the appeal of M.P.

Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Jainarayan Mishra later told reporters outside the House, “The ruling party MLAs on Wednesday raised the issue of the Mahanadi water dispute.” We demanded a discussion on the subject through a special resolution. Is. That’s why our members demanded that the government is not ready for a special discussion.

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