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Dilip Kumar

Bhubaneswar: The Congress party in Odisha will support the Bharat Bandh call given by various farmers' organisations across the country on Tuesday.

Congress party will lend full support to the protesting farmers, Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) President Niranjan Patnaik said.

"The Congress party has decided to extend its full support to the Bharat Bandh call given by the farmers on Tuesday. Except BJP and BJD, all other parties and organisations in Odisha will support the farmers’ cause. We have instructed our workers in districts to observe the bandh peacefully. Apart from the district headquarters, the party will stage protest at every road cross section across the State," Patnaik added.

BJP, on the other hand, has said that the Congress and left parties have misled the farmers over the new Farm laws which envisage benefiting the farming community.

"The farming community will be greatly benefited by the new Farm laws. The farmers are well convinced about the advantages of the new Laws. Those who have not gone into the depth of the Laws are spreading misinformation among the people," said Pradeep Purohit, president of Odisha BJP Krushak Morcha.

The BJD, however, has not clarified its stand on the bandh call. The party has left the decision on its supremo. "Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik will take a call whether the BJD would support it. But, we have lent moral support to the demands of the agitating farmers," senior BJD leader Debi Mishra said.

The Naba Nirman Krushak Sangathan (NNKS), a Odisha-based outfit fighting for the rights of farmers, has also decided to extend support to the central farm leaders’ call for a countrywide shutdown.

The farmers' bodies have decided to intensify the agitation after the fifth round of meeting with the Central government failed to reach any conclusion on Sunday. The farmer leaders remained firm on their demand to repeal the contentious new Farm laws.

Farmers have been protesting against the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.

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