Nitesh Kumar Sahoo

Puri: The Biju Janata Dal (BJD) has made it clear that the party will reiterate its demand for Special Category State Status for Odisha in the Lok Sabha.

BJD's parliamentary party leader, Pinaki Mishra has also appealed other parliamentarians from BJP as well as the Congress to support the cause.

"Central government should change the norms specified for Special Category State Status and grant them to states which are perennially affected by natural calamities," said Mishra.

"Four major cyclones have hit Odisha in last six years and every time a cyclone make landfall, it drags the state 10 to 20 years back. It will be unfair if the NDA government doesn't recognise the justified demands of Odisha," added Mishra.

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