Watch: Odisha MP speaks in Odia in Rajya Sabha, earns Naidu’s praise

New Delhi: Odisha’s Rajya Sabha MP Dr. Sasmit Patra today raised the Mahanadi and Polavaram issues in the Upper House of the Parliament by speaking in Odia language, which was praised by Chairman Venkaiah Naidu.

Raising the issues during the Zero Hour, Patra said, “In 2016, the Odisha Government had filed a petition with Central Government mentioning about illegal construction of barrages by Chhattisgarh Government in the upper catchment of Mahanadi river for which around 2 crore people in 16 districts of Odisha, including the livelihood of farmers and fishermen, will be affected.”

“The Centre didn’t pay any attention, following which we moved the Supreme Court. Under the direction of the apex court, a tribunal for resolving the inter-state river water dispute was formed in March, 2018. However, the matter is yet to be resolved by the tribunal,” the MP said and sought the intervention of the Central Government in this regard.

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After conclusion of Patra’s speech, Chairman Venkaiah Naidu appreciated the MP for speaking in “mother tongue” in the House. Naidu also sent a handwritten note to Patra mentioning “Uttam Kahuchi” (well said).

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