Naveen Patnaik leads Krushaka Adhikar Samabesh at Delhi

New Delhi: Biju Janata Dal (BJD) supremo and Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik demanded MSP price hike for paddy at Talkatora Stadium, New Delhi on Tuesday.

Members of Biju Krishaka Janata Dal, Biju Mahila Janata Dal, Biju Yuva Janata Dal have also joined in the protest. Several other Odisha Ministers, BJD MPs, BJD MLAs of the party also joined the demonstration.

BJD chief Naveen Patnaik said that nonchalant behaviour of centre towards the farmers’ plight forced them to come to Delhi and protest.

Patnaik said that BJP’s election manifesto very clearly promised to implement the Swaminathan Committee’s report. And they have clearly failed to do so. He said that he has repeatedly requested the central government to increase the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for the paddy. The BJP government turned deaf, he stormed.

Odisha CM has continually requested the MSP for paddy to bet set at Rs 2930 per quintal; i.e one and a half times to what it currently is.

This was what the CM tweeted:

Naveen Patnaik accused the Modi government of having no sympathy for the farmers. And hence BJD workers were simply forced to come to national capital to have the farmers’ voice heard.

He pointed out the extremely progressive KALIA Yojana implemented by the Odisha government. As per the scheme, the Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) is worth over Rs 10,000 crore. It was launched for the development of farmers in the state.

Odisha’s stalwart politician and Patnaik’s father Biju Patnaik had originally voiced for the fiscal autonomy for Odisha. Naveen Patnaik is demanding the same for the state now. He said if the BJP government gives fiscal autonomy for Odisha, then the state would not need to depend on the centre for funds to be allocated for farmers.

He added that development of farmers will lead to development of the entire nation.

Patnaik will lead a party delegation and submit a memorandum to President Ram Nath Kovind in the evening.

Also, Odisha CM has been extremely vocal in his support for passing of Women Reservation Bill.

BJD has always been very careful in maintaining a very respectful yet strong distance from both BJP and Congress. The regional party has been extremely successful in Odisha. Naveen Patnaik and his party has been ruling in the state for 4 consecutive terms.

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