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Maha Uproar In Assembly

 As both Opposition and Treasury Bench Members engaged themselves in War of Words, State Legislative Assembly today witnessed repeated adjournments.

 
 All the three major political parties - BJD, BJP and Congress were engaged in a war of words over Mahanadi river water dispute between the state and Chhattisgarh.
 
Opposition Congress Lawmakers rushed to the Well of the House as soon as the Assembly began its proceedings in the morning and shouted slogans against both Union and State Governments for not setting up a Tribunal to resolve the
dispute.
 
The Treasury Bench members also raised slogans against NDA Government. The BJP members, on the other hand, blamed the ruling party for the stalemate.
 
The Union Government, through an affidavit in the Supreme Court, has said that the Odisha Government has failed to provide documents to justify the formation of a Tribunal and there was no need to constitute one, BJP leader K V Mr.Singh Deo explained.
 
Leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra, however, alleged that the Centre has betrayed the people of Odisha by denying them a Tribunal.
 
"As per law, the Government must constitute a Tribunal for inter-state disputes within a year of receiving requests from either state. This (denial of a Tribunal) is one of the biggest violations of law," the Congress leader told reporters.
 
The Union Government has acted in a partisan manner by declining Odisha's request, he said. Mr.Mishra also came down heavily on the BJD government for not consulting other parties over the issue.
 
"I had earlier requested the Chief Minister to call for an all-party meeting and put up a united fight against the Centre for the interest of people of the state. But unfortunately, the state government didn't pay a heed to me," Mr.Mishra said.
 
Speaker Pradip Kumar Amat  adjourned the Assembly several times in the day.
 
"We have been demanding a White Paper on Mahanadi water dispute, but the state failed to provide one with proper data," BJP Lawmaker,  Pradeep Purohit said.
 
The Government Chief Whip Amar Prasad Satpathy rejected BJP's allegations and said the Centre's betrayal came to fore when it moved the Supreme Court with the affidavit.
 
When a State applies for a Tribunal, the Centre is bound to constitute it under the Inter State River Water (ISRW) Disputes Act, 1956, Mr.Satapathy said.
 
"In case of Odisha, the Centre acted with an ill intention to help completion of projects by the Chhattisgarh government," Mr.Satpathy alleged.
 
The Department of Water Resources of the Odisha Government had proposed to the Ministry of Water Resources in 2016, for constitution of an Inter State River Tribunal under section 3 of the Interstate River Water Disputes Act, 1956, (IRWD Act) to resolve the Mahanadi water sharing dispute between Chhattisgarh and Odisha.
 


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