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Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: The opposition today came down heavily on the ruling BJD government over the statement by the party spokesperson Pratap Deb, who, while briefing the media on the step the state government has taken on Mahanadi issue, had said that most departments are used to provide wrong information to the State Assembly.

“It was the Chief Minister who had informed the State Assembly in 2010 on Mahanadi issue. Now, it is understood that he has admitted himself as a liar and the people of Odisha have come to know that he is a liar. Finally he has told the truth,” leader of Opposition Narasingh Mishra said.

In his reaction, BJP state unit president Basant Panda said the false information given by the chief minister in the Assembly is an insult to democracy which is utterly deplorable.

Asked to clarify the statement of his party colleague about the matter, government chief whip Anant Das said the government departments never provide wrong information to the State Assembly. “There might be some typographical or clerical mistakes. It is not apt to say that the information provided by the departments is wrong rather the information provided is not in the proper order. Usually the departments provide information that is available with them,” he pointed out.

Asked as to how the Water Resources department, which in the State Assembly in 2010 had said that there would be no dearth of Mahanadi water for Odisha despite construction of barrages in the upper stream by the Chhattisgarh government as the volume of upstream water flow to Odisha in the last 25 years has gone up, now mentioned in its petition to the Water Resources ministry that the state has been receiving less volume of water due to construction of these upstream barrages, Deb had admitted that this is a contradictory statement.

“It is found at times that some departments furnish wrong information in the State Assembly. But the fact remains that whatever information the state government has mentioned in its petition to the ministry, is absolutely correct and there must not be any doubt on this,” he averred.

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