Centre working against federal system, says Naveen

Accusing the Congress-led UPA Government of adopting a discriminatory policy towards certain states, Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today said that it was "dangerous" to the federal setup of the country.

Last Updated: Oct 06, 2010, 19:17 PM IST

Bhubaneswar: Accusing the Congress-led UPA
Government of adopting a discriminatory policy towards certain
states, Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today said that
it was "dangerous" to the federal setup of the country.

"It is sad that the Centre is encouraging dispute
between states. This is dangerous to the federal system of
India," Patnaik told a rally organised for the BJD`s on-going
`Padayatra` which started from Noapara district on October 2.

Stating that both the state and the Centre have
responsibilities to ensure development, he said "the Centre
has forgotten its responsibility when it comes to development
in Orissa."

Be it development of railways or issue relating to the
hike in royalty for minerals, the Centre had been neglecting
the state`s interest, Patnaik alleged.

"The Centre chose to neglect the people of Orissa even
during natural calamities like flood and drought," he said.

The Centre had been playing "nasty politics" towards
the poor people of Orissa, an agitated chief minister said,
adding thousands of tribals were now facing submergence after
the Centre allowed Polavaram project in Andhra Pradesh.

Referring to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi`s recent
visit to Lanjigarh where he projected himself as the "sipohi"
(soldier) of tribals, Patnaik said "Congress in fact sheds
crocodile tear for the tribal people."

Criticising the UPA Government for not granting a
single project to Orissa during its tenure, the chief minister
said "Congress Government adopts one policy for one state and
another for others."

Underlining the need for use of mineral resources in
development, Patnaik said that it was the right of the people
of Orissa to decide what to do with natural resources in the
state.

"We will not tolerate unnecessary interference of
anybody in use of our own natural resources," Patnaik told the
gathering while giving a clear message to the Centre about his
displeasure over its role in POSCO and Vedanta projects.

Claiming that his government had support of four crore
people in the state, Patnaik said "we will certainly come out
victorious in the fight against Centre`s anti-Orissa stand."

PTI