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Naveen invites local MLAs, MP to discuss Posco issue on May 20

india Updated: May 19, 2010 13:00 IST

Seeking a peaceful solution to the dispute over implementation of Rs 52,000 crore Posco-India project, Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today invited the MP and MLAs of Jagatsinghpur district to a meeting here on May 20.

"All the four MLAs and one MP of Jagatsinghpur have been invited to the meeting," a senior official at the chief minister's office (CMO) said.

Patnaik earlier in the day appealed to the agitating people to respect law of the land.

The chief minister's appeal came in the wake of Saturday's incident when police allegedly used force to remove protesters blocking the road connecting the POSCO's proposed plant site.

A large number of people were injured during the operation as police fired rubber bullets, resorted to lathi charge and lobbed tear gas shells on the people sitting in dharna protesting the POSCO project.

The initiative is said to be the first move by the state government to politically resolve an issue relating to implementation of any mega project, sources said, adding the state government had so far signed MoUs with 81 companies to
set up industries here.

There were four MLAs (all belonging to the ruling BJD) and one MP of CPI in Jagatsinghpur district.

Recently, the lone Lok Sabha MP Bibhu Prasad Tarai of CPI was arrested by police while he was attempting to enter Dhinkia village, the epicentre of anti-Posco agitation.

Tarai was arrested barely a few hours before the police cracking down on the anti-Posco agitators at Balitutha on May 15.