BJD making Mahanadi issue fully political: C’garh minister

Bhubaneswar: Days before a tripartite meeting between Odisha, Chhattisgarh and the Centre to solve the Mahanadi water usage issue, Brijmohan Agarwal, Water Resources minister of the neighbouring government on Friday criticised the BJD government in the State saying the party is making the issue more political.

Targeting the Naven Patnaik government over the contentious issue, Agarwal said, “Instead of discussing the issue with our officials why the party knocking Centre’s doors? When we can sit together and sort out the issue at our end, what is the need of seeking intervention of the Centre? Is it (BJD) not making the issue more political?”

Ahead of the panchayat polls early next year, Agarwal taking a pot shot at the BJD government said, BJD’s situation was not well in the State.

“Since the situation of Mr Patnaik (Naveen) is worsening day by day in the State, he wants to establish a good rapport with the Centre to fulfil his political ambitions,” Agarwal stated.

He too warned that if situation arises, his government will be compelled to raise issues involving Odisha and the tributaries of Mahanadi.

“Till now we are silent on the water usage of Tel and Indravati rivers by Odisha government. There are certain agreements which are compelling us to keep quiet at this moment. If Odisha sticks to its stand on the Mahanadi issue, it will compel us to raise our concerns regarding the aforesaid rivers,” he noted.

The regional party however countered that the neighbouring government is diverting from the main issue.

“It is unfortunate on the part of the minister who is making such statements. The Chhattisgarh government is trying to divert the attention from the main issue,” BJD MP Prasanna Acharya said.