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CPI demands white paper on Polavaram

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau

Bhubaneswar, May 6:

While the ruling BJD and the major opposition parties in Odisha are trading charges and counter charges against each other over the controversial Polavaram project in Andhra Pradesh, the CPI today demanded a white paper on the impact the project is likely to have on the people of Malkangiri district.

Dibakar Nayak, Secretary CPI Odisha
Dibakar Nayak, Secretary CPI Odisha

The left party has also suggested to the state government that an all party meeting on the matter be convened to build a consensus against the project.

“The state government should come out with a white paper on the entire issue complete with facts”, said CPI state secretary Dibakar Nayak in a statement issued today.

Like the Congress and the BJP, CPI also criticized the Naveen Patnaik government fora rather messy handling of the Polavaram issue.

Nayak  proposed to the state government to call an all party meeting on the issue to build a strong and united stand against the project.

While urging the state government to present a clear picture on the exact extent of forest land and villages that would be submerged as a consequence of the project on river Godavari, Nayak said though  in 1977  there was an agreement  between the governments of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh to limit the  dam height to 150 feet, Andhra Pradesh had unilaterally prepared a design increasing the dam height to 180 feet.

The party in its statement condemned both BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi for backing the project during election rallies.

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