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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Nov 1:

Facing opposition ire over a series of failures including Japanese Encephalitis deaths, Dana Majhi incident, Nagada deaths among others, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today towed his favourite line and blamed the Union Government – in rather strong words– for several of the troubles of the state.

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Raising the Polavaram and Mahanadi issues, Patnaik accused the Center for neglecting the state and warned that the confidence of the state in federal structure should not be seen as its weakness.

“The Center has a special duty to ensure progress of the states under federal structure. Delhi shouldn’t forget it. We believe in federal spirit, but no one should consider it our weakness. The people of the state want justice in Mahanadi and Polavaram issues,” said Naveen addressing the last phase of BJD Janasamparka Yatra in Central Bhubaneswar Assembly constituency today.

BJP, on the other hand, criticized the Chief Minister for the remark.

“They shouldn’t forget their duties and responsibilities for the state. Naveen Patnaik and Biju Janata Dal should work for the people. They are behaving like opposition parties even while in power. I guess they have started mental preparation for their role in opposition,” said senior BJP leader Jual Oram.