Odisha Sun Times Bureau
New Delhi/Bhubaneswar, Mar 3:
In big disappointment for Odisha, a motion to accord special category state (SCS) status to the state fell through in the Lok Sabha today.
The motion moved by Bhartruhari Mahtab, parliamentary party leader of Biju Janata Dal in the Lok Sabha was rejected in a division vote.
While 76 members of the lower house of the Parliament cast their vote in favour of the motion, 222 MPs voted against the motion.
On the other hand, the BJD claimed it as a major victory for the party since many have supported its long standing demand for according special category status to Odisha.
“This is Odisha’s victory. Odisha’s demand has fetched the support of many MPs. BJD will continue with its demand for special category status to the state,” said BJD spokesperson and MLA from Junagarh Dibya Sankar Mishra.
Political pundits feel the motion being defeated in Lok Sabha will give enough fodder for ruling party BJD to raise the slogan of Centre’s neglect of Odisha and train its guns against both BJP and Congress inside the state for not supporting the state’s genuine demand.
The BJD has been time and again claiming that the state has been historically a victim of neglect by the Centre both by the Congress and the BJP.