‘Bandh to put pressure on Odisha and Chhattisgarh to resolve Mahanadi row’

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Bhubaneswar: OPCC chief Prasad Harichandan today said the 12-hour bandh called by the party in the State tomorrow will be a reprimand to both the Odisha and Chhaatisgarh State governments and a solution to the Mahanadi water issue will come out.

Talking to media persons Harichandan said, “The firm warning to the States will sort the issue out. We belive the Chhattisgarh government will think over the issue.”

Meanwhile, ruling BJD and another Opposition BJP termed the bandh called by the Congress as a ‘political stunt’to hide the intra-party fighting.

Surya Narayan Patro, BJD vice president, said, “To patch up between the different groups in the Congress party, Harichandan has called for a bandh. They (Congress) think people of the State are blind and they don’t know anything.”

Speaking the same language Prithviraj Harichandan, BJP General Secretary, said, “There is no logic behind the bandh. They (Congress) should stop political stunts to cover up the intra-party fighting.”

Political analysts see the intra-party fighting as the main reason behind the poor political gain of the Congress.

Prasanna Mohanty, a political analyst, said, “Though the Congress is going to people when some issues arise or roots of the issue, they do not get political mileage due to the intra-party fighting.”

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