BJD Waits For NDA VP

 BJD Supremo Naveen Patnaik is understood to have taken a decision that after the NDA announces its Vice President candidate, the Regional Outfit will take a final decision to whom the party will back.

This issue came up during the meeting with the Members of Parliament here today with the BJD Supremo.
Sources said that BJD will wait till NDA announces its candidate for Vice President and then judging both the candidates, party will take a decision.
In order to assuage the hurt feelings of the MPs from Western Odisha, BJD Boss has assured his party MPs from Western Odisha of allowing some of them to hols BJD’s Parliamentary Posts all of which are being held by MPs from Coastal Odisha.
Sources said that BJD Balangir MP Kalikesh Singh Deo,  when he attracted the attention of the party Supremo to this aspect during the meeting of the party MPs at Naveen Niwas today, the latter readily agreed to look into this soon.
At the moment none of the MPs from Western Odisha hold any of the parliamentary posts of BJD.
 While BJD’s Leader of the House is Bhartuhari Mahatab (Cuttack MP), Chief Whip  is Tathagat Satpathy (Dhenkanal MP) and Standing Committee Chairman is Pinaki Mishra (Puri MP).
Similarly Mr.Mahtab is the member of PAC and Balasore MP Rabindra Jena is the Member of the Committee on PSU.
Nawarangpur MP Balabhadra Majhi has been nominated to the Committee on SC & ST.
“This sends a very wrong signal to the people of the Western Odisha”, said Mr.Singhdeo while urging party president to consider some from eight MPs from backward KBK districts and Western Odisha to hold party’s parliamentary posts.   
It has been decided in the party meeting that BJD MPs will raise River Mahanadi water dispute, Minimum Support Price (MSP) of paddy, Green Tax and other issues related to the interest of Odisha during the Monsoon session of the Parliament which commences from Monday.
BJD's Parliamentary Party took this decision in its meeting presided by its President and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik here today.
"BJD MPs will raise Mahanadi water dispute issue and make demand to further hike the minimum support of paddy and other issues in the monsoon session of the parliament," said BJD Parliamentary Party Spokesperson, Mr.Singh Deo said after the meeting.
The meeting held at Naveen Niwas, was attended by 21 of the BJD's 28 MPs in both the Houses of the Parliament.
Sources said, asked MPs to put pressure on the Central government for setting up a tribunal for settlement of the River Mahanadi water dispute with neighbouring Chhattisgarh.
Since the negotiation committee has failed to solve the matter, the BJD Government would demand immediate formation of tribunal, Mr.Singh Deo said.
This apart, the BJD MPs would also demand the Union Government to increase the minimum support price (MSP) on paddy to Rs 2930 per quintal of paddy against the existing price of Rs 1559 per quintal.

The BJD MPs would also demand authority to impose green tax under GST purview by the coal bearing states.

This apart, the party MPs would also raise other issues in interest of the state such as demands for Special Category State status for the State and outstanding railway projects , Mr.Singh Deo said.
Of late some of the BJD MPs are just not attending the parliamentary party meeting regularly held on Tuesday and there is a need for more consultations and feedback arrangement.
Sources said the Chief Minister will have to take a final call over the matter, said sources.

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