Ready for talks on Mahanadi issue, says Chhattisgarh CM

Bhubaneswar: Forgetting the past differences, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh on Saturday indicated towards amicable solution of the ongoing Mahanadi river dispute with Odisha.

Talking to reporters after arriving in Bhubaneswar for BJP’s National Executive Meet, Raman Singh said, “We are ready for talks on Mahanadi issue with Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. It was unnecessarily made an issue during the panchayat elections in Odisha which the people here know and have realised as well.”

Raman Singh also lauded the performance of the BJP in the recently concluded panchayat polls and said that all efforts will be made to strengthen the party so that it comes to power here in 2019.

Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharati, on the other hand, refuted to comment on the entire row over Mahanadi river between several State Governments including Odisha.

“As per proposed Mahanadi-Godavari linking project, Mahanadi will be recharged and only the surplus water will released to Godavari,” said Bharati.

Bharati further informed that both Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh governments have lodged complaints while Odisha has moved Supreme Court on the matter.

Reacting to the Union Minister’s comments, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said the statements of Uma Bharati are not correct.

“The Union Water Resources Minister had earlier convened a meeting along with Chhattisgarh CM and she was totally non-cooperative,” said Naveen.

Apart from Raman Singh, Chief Ministers of 13 BJP ruled States including Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and other senior leaders are scheduled to attend the National Executive Meet that is being held for the first time in Odisha.

Several prominent leaders of the saffron party –Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu, Uma Bharati, Prakash Javedkar and other leaders have already reached Bhubaneswar for the mega conference.