BJD president and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Friday accused the BJP of conspiring to sell off the Chilika lake and claimed that falsehood is the saffron party’s biggest asset.
Describing BJP leaders as “seasonal birds”, Patnaik said these leaders do not visit the state during calamities or when people are in trouble.
“The BJP government at the Centre had conspired to sell the Chilika. My government stopped it,” Patnaik said.
He said this in reference to the Centre’s plan to set up a water aerodrome in Asia’s largest brackish water lake.
Noting that Chilika provides livelihood of thousands of fishermen, the chief minister claimed that the Centre is trying to take away their livelihood by disturbing the ecosystem of the lake.
“The Chilika is our mother, our pride.