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Odisha CM steps up demand for special status

After Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, his Odisha counterpart Naveen Patnaik stepped up the demand for special category status for the state on Monday saying it was a ‘genuine right’.

‘No one can ignore Odisha’s demand. It deserves special category status. It is a genuine right,’ Patnaik said addressing the state-level celebration of its 77th foundation day.

Asserting that Odisha fulfilled all the criteria to be accorded the special category status, he said all required parameters except the one on international border was met by the state. ‘Odisha’s development can be faster if it is accorded special category status,’ the chief minister said.

Claiming that none can stop Odisha from achieving the special category status, he said ‘we do not want anybody’s mercy but fulfillment of our genuine demand.’

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