BHUBANESWAR: Politics over shifting of the proposed wagon repair factory from Narla in Kalahandi district to Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh intensified with the Congress calling Kalahandi bandh on April 6 against the decision.
Criticising the Centre and the State Government for shifting the factory outside Odisha, president of Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) Prasad Harichandan alleged that both the Governments are not serious on development of railway infrastructure in Odisha.
Harichandan also criticised the State Government for not raising its voice over the issue.
BJD spokesperson Dibyashankar Mishra said his party is planning a protest in Kalahandi district against the Centre for shifting of the proposed factory. BJD held a preparatory meeting in this regard on Thursday. The mode of protest and date for it will be finalised soon, he added.
Stating that Kalahandi does not have any major industry, Mishra said the wagon repair factory at Narla would have created employment opportunities for people of the district besides bringing in all round development.
The BJP, however, blamed the State Government for the decision to shift the proposed factory to Andhra Pradesh. When the decision was announced, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik wanted the factory to be shifted to his constituency, a senior BJP leader said.
Members cutting across partylines decided in the Assembly on Tuesday to submit a memorandum to Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu in this regard.
The decision was arrived at after a two-hour discussion in the Assembly on the issue.
The House witnessed noisy scenes over the issue for two days during which no business could be transacted.