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Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh over Mahanadi water issue is condemnable:Dharmendra Pradhan

Bhubaneswar:2/06/18; Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Friday said the statement of Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh over Mahanadi water issue is condemnable.

The stand of Odisha unit of BJP is clear and there will be no compromise with the interests of Odisha with respect to Mahanadi water sharing,” said Pradhan.

Raman Singh had said that a major part of the catchment of Mahanadi river is in Chhattisgarh and the state has exclusive right over its water.

“Chattisgarh did a mistake. Even Union Minister Sanjeev Balyan had criticised Chattisgarh Government in the floor of the House,” said Dharmendra.

“I admit that Chhattisgarh has committed wrong. The tribunal constituted to resolve the water sharing issue will decide on this. But, the inter-state disputes should be resolved through discussion,” said Pradhan.

The BJP leader, however, attacked the Odisha government for not taking any step for tapping the water in the catchment areas of Mahanadi’s downstream.

“Since last 18 years, the State Government has not saved a bucket of water in the catchment areas of Mahanadi in Odisha,” he said.

BJD Spokesperson Pratap Keshari Deb said that Dharmendra Pradhan has taken a U-turn contrary to his party’s stand.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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