Bhubaneswar: Intensifying its stir on special category status issue for Odisha, the ruling BJD has decided to organize an eight-hour hunger strike on Friday. The decision was taken at a joint meeting of BJD party observers for different districts and vice-presidents of the regional outfit chaired by Chief Minister and the party chief Naveen Patnaik.
"Our people will keep fast from 10 am to 5 pm on either July 12, 15 or 16. The district leaders will decide the date to go for symbolic fasting in support of the demand of special category status (SCS) for Odisha," said BJD vice-president and finance minister Prasanna Acharya.
Stating that the party was forced to launch second phase of agitation against centre over the SCS issue, Acharya said the local party units will hold hunger strike in front of blocks, municipalities and notified area councils.
The party decided to resume agitation from Friday marking completion of one month of the BJD's Swabhiman Rally at Delhi. "Though one month has passed since we held the rally at Delhi, the Central Government has shown no concern over our demand of SCS for Odisha," he said.
Noting that Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram had proposed changes in criteria for identifying a state as special category state, BJD's another vice-president Kalpataru Das said: "We are yet to know about changes they have made in the criteria".
The BJD also wanted to know about the sub-committee which was set up to study the backwardness of states.


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