Subhas Chandra Pattanayak
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is in torpor when an agitation, howsoever feeble, for creation of Kashal by dividing the motherland of the Oriya race, has been staged today in parts of western Orissa including Bolangir, Sonepur, Boudh, Kalahandi, Nuapada, Sundargarh and Jharsuguda.
Though Sambalpur has not joined the agitation, a section of its population has mouthed the same separatist attitude preferring the name ‘Hirakhand’ to ‘Koshal’ for the hybrid State as and when it would be created.
But, to all of them, had the State Government paid due attention to proper development of the hilly region, such agitation would never have arisen.
Therefore, it is incumbent upon the Chief Minister to end his inertia and assure the people of western Orissa that there shall never be any official apathy to their just cause.
This message, delivered live in Facebook today, is addressed to the Chief minister in this context.