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Odisha's major parties take to street with farmers at centre

IANS  |  Bhubaneswar 

The three major political parties in - the Biju Dal (BJD), and the Bharatiya Party -- on Tuesday took to the streets with an eye to gain the sympathy of farmers ahead of 2019 elections.

While the ruling BJD organised a farmers' convention at the national capital demanding hike in minimum support price (MSP) of paddy, the state unit of BJP gheraoed the state secretariat against distress sale of paddy and mismanagement at the 'mandis' (paddy procurement centres).

On the other hand, the state unit of submitted a memorandum to Prof addressed to the of alleging that both the state and Central governments have turned a blind eye towards the plight of farmers in the state.

"demands a hike in MSP for paddy to Rs 2,930 per quintal to boost farmers' income. The Centre should honour its commitment to implement Swaminathan Committee's recommendation. Our fight for the hike in MSP will continue," said

Addressing the convention, Patnaik said his party will continue its fight for the socio-economic development of farmers of

"We repeatedly informed the Centre about the need of MSP hike of paddy for Odisha, but the Centre didn't pay heed to our demand. Even didn't meet the members of the formed to discuss the paddy MSP with him," alleged Patnaik.

On the other hand, BJP, which gheraoed the state secretariat, said the has no sympathy for the peasants.

"The is not concerned for the plight of farmers. They are only concerned about their The anti-farmer policies of the government have led to distress sale of paddy," said senior BJP

Not leaving behind the two major political parties, the also took out a rally and submitted a memorandum to the Governor, which was addressed to the

"Both government at the state and government at Centre are responsible for the suffering of the farmers in the state. We demand they should declare a farm loan waiver, a bonus of Rs 750 per quintal of paddy and hike the MSP to Rs 2,930 per quintal," said Amiya Patnaik, Congress' farmers' wing

Odisha president said the BJD leaders have gone to New for a picnic.

"Today and Co are going on a picnic to which costs Rs 52 lakh, in the name of farmers. Had this money been given to farmers in debt, many precious lives of our 'annadatas' could have been saved," said the PCC president.



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First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 16:28 IST