SEARCH

BJD organises State-wide protest on special category status issue

Special Correspondent
print   ·   T  T  

Activists accuse Centre of neglecting the cause of the State

Ticklish issue:BJD activists staging a demonstration in protest against the refusal of the Central government to grant special category State status to Odisha, in Bhubaneswar on Thursday.—Photo: Lingaraj Panda
Ticklish issue:BJD activists staging a demonstration in protest against the refusal of the Central government to grant special category State status to Odisha, in Bhubaneswar on Thursday.—Photo: Lingaraj Panda

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.

The Hindu presents the all-new Young World

O
P
E
N

close

Recent Article in OTHER STATES

Ph.D. scholar commits suicide in DU hostel

A 30-year-old Ph.D. scholar at Delhi University (DU) allegedly committed suicide in his room at the Gwyer Hall hostel for men at the Univ... »