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2013-14 budget may be last before General Elections: Naveen

Last Updated: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 23:13

Bhubaneswar: Hinting at early polls, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday said the budget session of the state assembly beginning tomorrow may be the last before the next general elections and asked BJD MLAs and ministers to prepare for the polls.

"This may be the last budget session before the next General Elections," Patnaik told reporters after the BJDLP meeting on the eve of the budget session.

The state is scheduled to hold its assembly polls next year.

Earlier addressing party MLAs, Patnaik asked them to work hard and take up public issues in the assembly as elections were not very far, BJD sources said, adding, the chief minister also asked them and ministers to highlight `good works` done by the government during its three consecutive terms.

Asked about the party`s strategy to face the opposition in the budget session, Patnaik said "We are ready for discussion on any matter on the floor of the House. We will also raise certain mega corruption issues of UPA government."

The BJD supremo said his partymen would raise issues relating to central negligence towards Odisha, cut in the railway budget allocation, spiralling prices of essential commodities, including fuel.

The budget session is likely to continue till April 6 with a brief break from February 26 to March 6.


First Published: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 23:13
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