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Will waive farm loans if we win Odisha assembly polls in 2019: BJP

The BJD is only shedding crocodile tears in the name of protest for farmers, says BJP state president Basant Panda

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

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The BJP's unit Tuesday promised to waive farm loans in the state if the party comes to power in the 2019 Assembly elections.

The announcement was made by at a press conference here. Assembly elections in are due in 2019 along with the Lok Sabha elections.

"We will waive farm loans, if BJP comes to power in the state in the 2019 Assembly elections," Panda told reporters, adding that the party will also make provision of interest free loans for the in

While highlighting the difficulties faced by at different 'mandis', Panda said the BJP members would launch 'Abhiyan' from Wednesday till January 7. The BJP members would protest irregular functioning of 'mandis' and delay in paddy procurement in the state.

Though the has opened 4,381 mandis across the state to procure paddy from farmers, the people are "facing difficulties" there, Panda said.

He said BJP workers in Odisha will gherao the state secretariat on January 8 to press for their demand of

The ruling in Odisha had already given a call for gherao of Parliament in on January 8 demanding proper minimum support price (MSP) on paddy.

On the BJD's proposed Parliament gherao plan, Panda said: "The is only shedding crocodile tears in the name of protest for "

The all along has taken "anti-farmers" stand during its 19 years of rule, he alleged.

The criticised the BJP and termed its 'Abhijan' as a farce. "Vinash Kale Vipreet Buddhi (taking wrong decisions when on path of destruction)," said BJD P K Deb.

On the BJP's demand of farm loan waiver, Deb said: "BJP should ask in this regard. The Centre is opposed to There are other means to help farmers rather than announcing "

Senior also asked the government to announce loan waiver for farmers of all categories. Earlier, state announced that they would waive loan of farmers if comes to power in Odisha in the 2019 Assembly elections.

First Published: Tue, December 18 2018. 16:15 IST