New Delhi: The stage has been set for the Biju Janata Dal’s (BJD) ‘Krushak Adhikar Samabesh’, a protest for seeking hike in minimum support price (MSP) of paddy to Rs 2,950 per quintal at Talkatora stadium here Tuesday.
Odisha Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik also arrived in Delhi Monday to take part in the rally.
Talking to the media, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said the BJP had promised in 2014 to raise the MSP of paddy but they have not fulfilled their commitment to the farmers of this country. The farmers are in distress. We will protest against the Union government Tuesday to demand hike in paddy MSP. We will also submit a memorandum in this regard to President Ram Nath Kovind.
Biju Krushak Janata Dal (BKJD) president Prasanna Acharya said that a 10-members delegation led by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik will meet President Ram Nath Kovind at 6pm Tuesday.
The agitation will start around 11am at Talkatora stadium. Odisha CM along with state ministers, BJD MPs, MLAs and representatives from various panchayats and farmers’ leaders will stage dharna against the Centre.
A special train carrying around 2,000 activists from Odisha reached Delhi Monday evening. BJD MPs welcomed the activists at Nizamuddin railway station here. The party leaders claimed that around 5,000 people will take part in the protest. The agitation would conclude around 3 pm.