Activists accuse Centre of neglecting the cause of the State
A large number of leaders and workers of the ruling Biju Janata Dal took part in the protest demonstrations they organised in different parts of the State on Thursday demanding special category State status for Odisha.
The party leaders and workers organised the demonstrations in the district headquarters towns to register their protest against the Planning Commission, which said that Odisha did not qualify for the grant of special category status under the existing criteria. Holding banners and posters, the agitated BJD workers raised slogans against the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance Government at the Centre for “neglecting” the cause of the State by not granting the special category status to the State. The BJD is currently continuing a campaign to collect one crore signatures from people living in different corners of the State in support of its demand for special category State status for Odisha. The party has announced that the signatures will be submitted to the President next month demanding the status without delay.
Opposition Congress, which too supports the demand for special category status, has accused the BJD of playing politics over the issue. The BJD was highlighting the demand with a view to strengthening its vote bank ahead of the Lok Sabha and Assembly polls, the Congress has alleged.