Odisha ruling BJD demands 33% reservation for women in Assembly and Parliament, urged Centre to recognize Odishi music as a classical one

Bhubaneswar: The ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) on Sunday passed key resolutions at its executive body meeting here with a commitment to continue its fight for the people of the State.As many as nine political resolutions were adopted at the crucial meeting ahead of the party’s 24th foundation day on December 26.

Resolutions were passed demanding a 33% reservation for women in Assembly and Parliament, protection of the State’s rich culture and heritage and the Centre’s recognition of Odishi music as a classical one. “The BJD has added a total of 1,09,80,000 members since its inception as a regional party. The Government led by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has been emphasising on protection of Odia language, culture and tradition. The CM has taken all responsibilities for growth of the language,” said senior BJD leader Debi Prasad Mishra at a Press meet after the executive committee meeting.

The inclusive development of farmers has always been a key focus for the State Government, he said, adding “Our party is with farmers on the MSP issue and we will continue our fight for the same as per the Swaminathan Committee recommendation.”

The party also reiterated the Special Category State status demand for Odisha at the meeting. Senior party leader Sanjay Dasburma said, “Odisha is the most deserving State to get the Special Category State status. But the Centre has failed to meet its commitment to grant it. Speaking on women empowerment, he said the State has given 50% reservation to women in the Panchayati Raj system.