KORAPUT: With a day to go for the BJD-sponsored hartal in undivided Koraput district on January 7 against the controversial Polavaram dam project, the party leaders are touring the district to garner support for the agitation.
Ministers Ashok Panda, Arun Sahu and Puspendra Singh Deo along with party functionaries visited Koraput, Malkangiri, Nabarangpur and Rayagada districts to chalk out a strategy for the proposed hartal.
Though BJD leaders have been fighting for the State’s cause over the issue since long, those at the grass roots are yet to get any directions on the hartal.
Moreover, sources said there has been little contribution from the MLAs of Malkangiri and Chitrakonda which would be affected by the project.
Meanwhile, former BJD minister Rabi Narayan Nanda has appealed to the people of the districts to extend support and called upon the party workers to spread awareness on the cause.
On the other hand, the tribals, mostly farmers who are suffering due to the last year’s drought, have reportedly decided not to support the hartal.
The BJD will also organise a demonstration in front of the Raj Bhavan at Bhubaneswar demanding the project to be stopped till Supreme Court announces its verdict and issues raised by Odisha are resolved. The project will submerge 15 revenue villages and 10 hamlets of Motu tehsil in Malkangiri district.