Bhubaneswar: Alleging irregularities in Paddy procurement across the Rice Mandis in the state, members of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday staged a demonstration near the State Secretariat in Bhubaneswar.
The activists also tried to gherao the Secretariat by breaking off the police barricade. Following this, a clash ensued between the party members and the Police personnels deployed there.
Police Commissioner Satyajit Mohanty said, “40 platoons of P
Notably, BJP’s Secretariat ‘Gherao’ bid comes as a mark of protest against the alleged apathetic attitude of the Naveen Patnaik Government in effectively addressing agrarian crisis in the state.
Earlier, BJP State President Basant Panda had informed that thousands of farmers from all across the state would congregate at Bhubaneswar and gherao the State Secretariat and Naveen Nivas.
Panda also said that the condition of the farmers in Odisha has deteriorated in the last 19 years of BJD’s rule in the state. He also assured farmers of loan waiver and interest free loan if BJP is voted to power in Odisha in the upcoming general elections.