Intensifying their protest over paddy procurement, BJP leaders continued their in a single day dharna in entrance of a police station in western Odisha district of Sambalpur even because the Naveen Patnaik authorities suspended officers from at the least 15 agricultural cooperative societies over alleged irregularities.
BJP activists, led by state unit president Samir Mohanty, chief of Opposition Pradipta Naik, Bargarh MP Suresh Pujari and lots of different leaders, assembled on the premises of the Sambalpur Town police station and continued to stage a dharna for the entire evening, whereas braving the chilly winter to protest towards the shoddy affairs in paddy procurement by the State authorities.
“Till the government buys the entire paddy lying at the mandis, we would not budge from our protest,” stated BJP chief Jaynarayan Mishra, who, too, joined the protest at Sambalpur. “We are determined to fight for the farmers,” stated Mishra. Former MLA from Padmapur and BJP chief Pradip Purohit stated they’re ready to spend seven nights protesting for farmers.
On Thursday, at the least 10,000 farmers and BJP leaders had surrounded the RDC workplace in Sambalpur city, protesting ‘katani chhatani’ or deductions in farmers’ funds by rice millers alleging poor high quality of paddy, non compliance to the FAQ fastened for paddy procurement, non-generation of token in time for farmers, lapsing of token and pointless laying of paddy baggage at totally different market yards.
The BJP leaders alleged that the federal government’s ‘failure’ in shopping for paddy from the farmers had resulted within the misery sale of the grain, with farmers in districts like Keonjhar being compelled to promote the crop at round ₹1200 per quintal towards the MSP of ₹1868 per quintal.
Facing political warmth over the problem, Odisha meals provides and cooperative minister Ranendra Pratap Swain on Thursday suspended 15 secretaries of main agriculture cooperative societies that act as brokers of Odisha State Civil Supplies Corporation and buy from the farmers. The division suspended secretaries of main agriculture cooperative societies in western Odisha districts of Bargarh, Sambalpur, Bolangir, Boudh and northern Odisha district of Keonjhar.
BJD chief Srimoyee Mishra stated BJP was resorting to such agitation to divert consideration from the farmers’ agitation in Delhi. “This Kharif marketing season, a record 37 lakh metric tonne of paddy have been procured by the government. The government would procure all paddy from farmers,” she stated.
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