A ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) legislator has urged the Odisha government to recognise the forest rights of Pauri Bhuyan tribals, a particularly vulnerable tribal group (PVTG), residing on the hills in Sundargarh district.
Angry over Speaker's refusal to allow discussion in Odisha Assembly on chitfund scam issue that paralysed the House for eight days, opposition Congress and BJP on Saturday sought intervention of Governor SC Jamir to uphold the constitutional spirit.
Odisha Assembly was adjourned minutes after its winter session commenced on Thursday as the Opposition raised slogans and Congress members stormed into the well alleging involvement of ruling BJD leaders in the ponzi scheme scandal in the state.
While keeping a watch on the erstwhile Janata Parivar members, Biju Janata Dal president and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday asked his party MPs in Lok Sabha to maintain equi-distance from both Congress and BJP and raise state-related issues in Parliament.
Odisha's ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) appeared to be a divided house following suspension of senior leader Pravat Tripathy, who was arrested by the CBI in connection with a multi-thousand-crore-rupee chit-fund scam.
Alleging misuse of government machinery and money by ruling BJD in Odisha to win Kandhamal Lok Sabha by-poll, BJP has constituted a 6-member committee to inquire into the role of state administration, Asha and Anganawadi workers in it.
After Biju Janata Dal candidate Pratyusha Rajeswari Singh won the Kandhamal Lok Sabha by-election Sunday, party president and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Sunday thanked the people for the win.
Union Minister and senior BJP leader Jual Oram on Saturday dubbed Congress as a party of "corrupt and self centric" leaders and hit out at ruling BJD in Odisha accusing it of being "neck-deep in corruption" and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik of "functioning like a monarch."
Accusing the BJD government in Odisha of being neck-deep in corruption, senior Congress leader Niranjan Patnaik on Thursday demanded a CBI probe into the mining scam saying an inquiry by the central agency into the chitfund scam has exposed the ruling party leaders.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday wrote to Union Rural Development Minister Nitin Gadkari seeking inclusion of the state for financial aid from World Bank, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and others to ensure safe drinking water for all.