Bhubaneswar: Senior BJP leader Bijay Mohapatra today criticised the Centre over its recent affidavit against constituting a tribunal to settle the Mahanadi river water dispute between Odisha and Chhattisgarh.
He alleged that the Centre has conspired with the Chhattisgarh government on the Mahanadi water dispute and working against the interest of Odisha.
“The Centre’s rejection for formation of a tribunal on Mahanadi issue in an affidavit before the Supreme Court is against the interest of Odisha and the move has damaged self-esteem of Odia people,” Mohapatra told addressing media.
The Central Government’s decision not to form a tribunal is completely unilateral in nature and demonstrates its apathy towards interests of Odisha, he dubbed. He claimed that Union Water Resources Ministry is acting in the interest of the Chhattisgarh Government.