Bhubaneswar: A day after launching its Kalasa Jatra in Bargarh in protest against the unilateral constructions in the upstream of Mahanadi river by Chhattisgarh government, the women’s wing of the ruling BJD held a protest rally in Jharsuguda .on Sunday
Hundreds of members of Biju Mahila Janata Dal, holding water-filled earthen pots on their heads, took out a rally from Manmohan school ground to the bus stand. Later, the sloganeering protesters smashed the pots on the posters of Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh, Union Minister for Water Resources Uma Bharti and Union minister of state for water resources Sanjeev Balyan. They also burnt the effigies of Singh, Balyan and Bharti.
The party alleged that the government in the neighbouring state has planned a series of large water projects on Mahanadi without any consent of the Odisha government.
Minister for Handloom, Textiles and Handicraft Snehangini Chhuria said, “Flow of water into the Hirakud dam would recede substantially if projects undertaken by the Chhattisgarh government on the Mahanadi river are executed. Odisha would be greatly affected. We will certainly not allow this.”
“The Chhattisgarh government should have consulted with Odisha before taking up these projects. Our party is protesting in a democratic way and the people of Odisha are with us,” said BJD vice-president and former minster Surya Narayan Patra.