Bhubaneswar, Jan 17: Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh’s panchayat poll campaign in Odisha next month is unlikely to be a smooth affair, as the ruling BJD, Congress and Samajawadi Party (SP), to vent ire on the Mahanadi issue, have decided to launch protests in the areas the senior BJP leader will visit to address public rallies. While the Congress party said it will stage demonstration in Singh’s public meeting places to dissuade the voters, the SP will launch public awareness about the CM’s stand on Mahanadi issue. Since the Chhattisgarh government has not ‘cooperated’ with the BJD here in the Mahanadi river water sharing issue, the regional party has also said it will not allow the leader to address people here for panchayat polls.
The ruling BJD, which is seen locking horn with the BJP-led government in Chhattisgarh to resolve the Mahanadi issue for quite some time now, said it will not allow the leader to address gathering. Meanwhile the BJP said the ‘warnings’ of political parties will not bear any impact on the campaign.