Naveen sees "conspiracy" against Orissa`s progress

Intensifying his tirade against the UPA government at the Centre, Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today said fight for the rights of the state and against undue "interference" would continue.

Updated: Oct 11, 2010, 21:36 PM IST

Bhubaneswar: Intensifying his tirade against
the UPA government at the Centre, Orissa Chief Minister Naveen
Patnaik today said fight for the rights of the state and
against undue "interference" would continue.

Patnaik, who is also president of the ruling BJD, said
this while addressing a gathering here on culmination of his
party`s 10-day-long padayatra. "None can prevent us from
achieving development," he said.

Accusing the Centre of putting hurdles before the state`s
development plans, he said, "There is a planned conspiracy to
stop Orissa`s development."

Patnaik was referring to the Centre`s recent action
against Vedanta and Posco projects. While the Ministry of
Environment and Forest (MoEF) rejected Vedanta`s Rs 5,000
crore mining project at Niyamgiri hills in Kalahandi, it
issued "stop work" order at Posco`s proposed project site on
charge of violation of the Forest Rights Act (FRA).

"People opposing the state`s development will be given
befitting reply by the people of Orissa," Patnaik told the
gathering without naming Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who had
earlier termed activities at Lanjigarh (the Vedanta`s refinery
site) as "illegal and criminal."

He said people of the state would not tolerate "outside
interference" in their work and added that his party was
committed to fight against "anybody" for justice.

PTI