Politics again over Mahanadi water dispute, BJD, BJP, Cong lock horns

Bhubaneswar: In order to get political gains over the Mahanadi water dispute, three major political parties have begun locking horns on the issue in Odisha.

Union Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram took on the BJD-led government by saying that the MPs of party who earlier sought diversion of surplus Mahanadi water to Rushikulya basin are now arguing about water deficit in Mahanadi basin.

Reacting to the allegations, Sidhant Mohapatra, BJD MP and member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Water Resources, clarified that the party had sought diversion of the Mahanadi water only during monsoon to provide water for irrigation and drinking water projects in South Odisha.