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Patnaik running away from responsibility: Pradhan

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The BJP Tuesday accused (BJD) supremo and of "running away from his responsibility" with his agitation here over the issue of paddy price and blaming government.

Patnaik attended a sit-in of his party here, demanding increase in minimum support price (MSP) for paddy and slamming the for "not keeping its promises".

Hitting back at Patnaik, said the quotes from the Swaminathan committee's recommendations to question the central government but appears to be unaware that M S Swaminathan, who had authored the report, has praised the Modi government's measures to boost farm income.

Taking a dig at the state chief minister, Pradhan said he (Patnaik) speaks whatever his "ignorant" advisers tell him as he mostly reads out from a written statement.

Agriculture, minister said, is a state subject and mandis are yet to be opened for paddy procurement in

"The BJD is in nexus with mill owners and as mandis are yet to be opened, farmers in the state are forced to sell their paddy anywhere between Rs 1,100 to Rs 1,200 per quintal," he said.

Last year, government had increased paddy MSP from Rs 1,550 to Rs 1,750 per quintal.

Patnaik Tuesday alleged that the Centre ignored repeated requests to raise MSP for paddy to Rs 2,930 per quintal.

Hitting back, Pradhan, who is also from Odisha, said: "In a bid to shift the responsibility, the has staged demonstration in But he cannot run away from his responsibility. He should answer why Mandis are not opened. Why paddy is not procured at Rs 1,750 per quintal MSP fixed by the central government."

Questioning BJD's seriousness, he asked if its MPs "ever raised" the issue strongly in Parliament.

MPs from different states like or vociferously raise issues of their states in Parliament and even stall it, he said, asking if BJD MPs ever did it.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 18:15 IST