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Now, all eyes on Naveen’s argument at Delhi meeting

Bhubaneswar, Sep 16: All eyes will be on Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s argument at the proposed tripartite meeting between him, his Chhattisgarh counterpart Raman Singh and Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti on Mahanadi river water dispute on Saturday in New Delhi.

Though the Chief Minister claimed that the State Government was fully prepared for the Saturday meeting, but his Government has never put the information and factual position of the State on Mahanadi in public domain despite persistent demands of opposition parties.

However, while talking to media persons before leaving for New Delhi on Saturday Patnaik vowed to fight for the rights of the people at the tripartite meeting scheduled to be held in New Delhi tomorrow.

“I assure each one of you I will put my best efforts forward and leave no stone unturned in the fight for the people of our State,” said Patnaik.

“I am going with a lot of hope that the Centre will listen to the voice of Odisha and do justice to the people of our State on the sensitive Mahanadi issue,” added Patnaik.

The Chief Minister also met the members from the public and political parties for last three days who came forward with valuable suggestions in the larger interest of the State.

On July 29, the Centre as part its efforts to resolve the dispute between the two States mutually, had convened a joint meeting in New Delhi, which was attended by Chief Secretaries of both Odisha and Chhattisgarh.

However, there was no headway of the meeting forcing Uma Bharti to convene another meeting between the two Chief Ministers of Odisha and Chhattisgarh on September 17 for a mutual solution to the dispute.

Odisha has been opposing unilateral construction of a slew of barrages by the Chhattisgarh Government upstream Mahanadi. 

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