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BJD takes farmers fight to Delhi, Opp agitate in Odisha

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

As the ruling BJD held a "Krushak Adhikar Samavesh" at the in New Delhi, the opposition and Tuesday separately staged agitations in Odisha for the rights of the farmers.

The leading farmers body, the Naba Nirman Krushak Sangathan (NNKS), also demonstrated near the Raj Bhavan here highlighting plights of farmers and criticised for taking up the matter at the national capital instead of doing its own beat in the state.

"The and Naveen Patnaik are not sincere to deal with the farmers miseries in Odisha. The ruling party is holding demonstration in the national capital keeping any eye on the next elections for the state assembly," NNKS convenor Akshya Kumar said.

The NNKS has been agitating for a long time demanding proper price on agricultural products, pension for the elderly farmers and social prestige for cultivators.

Hundreds of activists organised a Secretariat Ghero agitation here trying to thwart people's entry or exit from the state's main administrative building.

The activists also burnt effigy of the accusing the of not opening adequate 'Mandis' for paddy procurement.

"There is no sufficient Mandis in districts for paddy procurement. The farmers are committing suicide due to faulty of the The government has not been giving bonus to farmers despite the CM's announcement," said.

Meanwhile, members of Odisha farmers' cell led by its marched to where they submitted a memorandum highlighting the peasants' problems in the state.

"The demands included waiver of farm loan, bonus of Rs 750 per quintal of paddy and opening of adequate mandis for paddy procurement," said.

in a series of tweets said: "and Co are going on a picnic today to which costs Rs 52 lakh. They are doing this in the name of farmers. Had this money been given to farmers in debt, many precious lives of peasants could have been saved."

The Congress also accused Naveen Patnaik, also the BJD president, of shedding crocodile tears over farmers' issues.

attended a sit-in of his party at the Talkatora Stadium, demanding increase in minimum support price for paddy and slamming the for not keeping its promises, according to a report from New

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First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 16:25 IST