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Odisha’s BJD MPs protest Polavaram project in Lok Sabha

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau New Delhi, June 9: BJD members today staged protest in the Lok Sabha against the Polavaram project on the ground that parts of Odisha would badly affected once it comes up.

file pic of Lok Sabha
file pic of Lok Sabha

Members from the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and Biju Janata Dal (BJD) were on their feet soon after union Home Minister Rajnath Singh laid papers in the house mentioned against his name.

While members from the TRS were carrying placards against ordinance concerning the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, those from the BJD held placards against the Polavaram dam.

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan asked members to resume their seats but they continued to protest. 

Later, she adjourned the house for the day.

The controversial Polavaram multi-purpose dam project has been strongly opposed by Odisha and Chhatisgarh governments as it is likely to submerge several tribal villages in both the states. Union Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram on Sunday said he will strongly defend Odisha’s interests vis a vis the Polavaram project.

Oram had blamed the state government for not putting up a strong fight over the issue and not treating it with the seriousness the matter deserved. He also said he will not hesitate to protest any project by the state or Central government, if it involves the displacement of tribal people.