Chief minister Naveen Patnaik has failed the state on a extremely sensitive issue like the Mahanadi water dispute by giving it a political color instead of seeking consensus and support of the opposition as had been suggested by his own BJD leaders, said leader of opposition Narasingha Mishra. 

Several informed quarters here promptly drew comparison to the manner in which Karnataka government had carried everyone to adopt a resolution moved by opposition BJP and JD(S) on the Cauvery water dispute and how Odisha had “discussed” a motion moved by the government without any specific plan of action. 

If a congress chief minister can accept a BJP and JD(S) moved motion and adopt it why can’t parties in Odisha unite over the Mahanadi issue and why should the ruling BJD go it alone deriding all others, is the question that begs an answer said a section of the critics of Naveen Patnaik here. 

Addressing a media conference, the leader of opposition, Narasingha Mishra echoed similar sentiments when he pointed out that the CM had , in his statement behaved like a party president more than anything else. He wants to go it alone like a dictator, alleged Mishra. 

The leader of opposition also pointed out at the “secrecy” that is being maintained by the CM on the Mahanadi issue. There was no specific plan of action in the motion of the government.