"We do not believe in confrontation. We believe in cooperation. Our approach will be positive and constructive towards the Central Government," Patnaik said while replying to the debate on the motion of thanks on Governor's address to the opening session of the Assembly.

Hoping that the Centre would address the needs of Odisha people, Patnaik said, "Our demand for Special Category status is based on the historic neglect Odisha has been inflicted upon continuously in the past."

Justifying Odisha's demand for special category status, he said the state has faced the maximum natural calamities and disasters than any other state. "And every time, a natural disaster hits the state, it consumes lot of resources to bring back normalcy," he said.

Citing the May 30 storm at the national capital region of Delhi, Patnaik said, "15 days have passed and they still have a serious power emergency and it is understood that it may take another 15 days before normalcy is restored."

"Now, think of the management of Phailin and restoration of normalcy. The international accolades Odisha and in turn India has received in disaster management is testimony to the efforts of our people and the government. We will carry forward our governance in the same spirit and work towards a peaceful, prosperous and progressive Odisha," Patnaik said.



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