2 States’ officials to meet today

first_imgOfficials of West Bengal and Jharkhand will meet on Wednesday in a bid to end the impasse over the painting of a part of the Massanjore Dam in the shades of white and blue. The two States have been at loggerheads since Friday when West Bengal’s TMC government painted the walls of the dam situated in Dumka district in Jharkhand where the BJP is in power. In retaliation, the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), BJP’s youth wing, erased ‘Bengal’ and painted ‘Jharkhand’ on a dam gate. They also covered the Biswa Bangla logo with a Jharkhand one, media reports said. West Bengal Irrigation Minister Soumen Mahapatra said in Kolkata on Tuesday that a meeting was likely to take place on Wednesday. A senior official of the Irrigation Department and District Magistrates of Birbhum and Dumka would meet to find out a solution to the issue, Mr. Mahapatra said. “At the moment there is no problem here. There will be a meeting tomorrow regarding the issue and hopefully it will be resolved,” Mr. Mahapatra added. The Minister had earlier asserted that the dam was maintained by his government, and “nobody had any right” to stop its workers from the carrying out the work. Refusing to back down, BJP Dumka MLA and Jharkhand Minister Louis Marandi had on Sunday threatened to “gouge out eyes” of those who dared to look at the barrage.last_img

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