BJD’s farmers’ workshop draws Opp flak

Bhubaneswar: Already on the back foot over the farmer suicide cases in the recent past and the Pajero vehicle issue involving Food and Civil Supplies minister Sanjay Dasburma, the BJD has now invited criticism from the Opposition parties on the farmers’ workshop scheduled on April 20.

While the BJP has lambasted the State government for failing to address farmers’ issues, including lack of irrigation facilities and distress paddy sale, the Congress party said the ruling BJD was trying to evade farmers’ ire by organising such ‘futile’ programmes.

“The govt is very much horrified over the farmers’ suicide cases. Instead of chalking out plans to mitigate the potable water issues emerging in many parts of the State during summer, it is busy holding such programmes. It should feel ashamed,” Congress leader Narasingha Mishra rued.

The saffron party, which has been demanding the scalp of Dasburma in the vehicle case for quite some time, said the State government must be pro-farmer first.

“Probably the State government has failed to understand what a workshop means. And it is ridiculous that a congregation of 10,000 farmers has been organised when Odisha is reeling under sweltering heat wave conditions,” BJP’s Sameer Mohanty said.

However the BJD has denounced the allegations.

“This is a programme only to educate the Odisha farmers about the various programmes and schemes run by the State government. The opposition parties must not be so scared of our development oriented programmes,” BJD spokesperson Amar Satapathy said.

Chief minister Naveen Patnaik is scheduled to inaugurate the workshop for around 10, 000 farmers from across the State.