India: The Politics of Dams, Displacement, Bridges, and Resistance in AP and Orissa

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Red fear: Ministers to Fly to Anti-Polavaram Rally Site

Bhubaneswar | Sep 11, 2010

With some of its senior leaders in the hit-list of Maoists, Orissa’s ruling Biju Janata Dal has decided that nine ministers who would to take part in anti-Polavaram project rally scheduled to be held at Maoist-hit Malkangiri district tomorrow would fly to the venue.

The proposed Polavaram irrigation project is in adjacent Andhra Pradesh which is being opposed by Orissa which argues the project would displace 20,000 people and inundate huge tracts of land in its territory.

Though Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik would skip the party meeting for unstated reasons, nine ministers, two MPs and a dozen of sitting MLAs besides senior leaders would address the rally, official sources said.

Senior BJD MLA and former minister Rabi Narayan Nanda, who is playing a major role in organising the rally, said two choppers have been requisitioned to fly the ministers and other senior leaders to tribal-dominated Malkangiri. Continue reading