Bhubaneswar: Criticizing the Chief Minister for BJD’s support to NDA Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind, Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) president Prasad Harichandan said the decision was taken for ‘self defence’ and not to protect the interest of Odisha.
“BJD is staging agitations against the Centre over Mahanadi river water dispute and special category State status for Odisha,” Harichandan said and alleged that Naveen’s decision to extend support to Kovind has exposed the tacit understanding between him and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“Just as the Chief Minister took the decision on the Presidential election after a phone call from the Prime Minister, why cannot he resolve the Mahanadi dispute, demand for special status and hike in minimum support price on paddy in a similar manner,”
Harichandan said. No doubt, the NDA Presidential candidate is a Dalit, but Opposition candidate Meira Kumar is also a Dalit woman, Harichandan said and called upon the BJD and BJP MLAs to vote for her as there is no whip in Presidential election.
Harichandan requested all the 147 MLAs in Odisha Assembly to vote for Meira Kumar and requested BJD to reconsider its decision to support Kovind.