Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Mar 2:
Activists of the Biju Yuva Janata Dal (BYJD), the youth wing of the ruling BJD on Sunday observed Black Day in protest against the Centre’s refusal to accord special category status to Odisha.
Hundreds of BYJD activists that included MLAs, sat on a dharna covering their mouths with black ribbons near the Raj Bhavan here to vent their anger against the UPA government’s ‘discrimination’.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, while addressing at least two public meetings today, questioned the Centre’s decision to accord special category status to the newly formed Seemandhra.
Addressing a public meeting at Chhatrapur in Ganjam district, Patnaik said that Centre has been ignoring Odisha’s longtime demand for a special category state status on the plea that the state does not meet the required criteria.