BJD’s ‘Chasi Samavesh’ a bid to escape farmers’ ire: BJP

Bhubaneswar: The BJP on Monday came down heavily on the ruling BJD for its decision to organise Chasi Samavesh at Sohela in Bargarh district on November 19.

The reaction of the party came after it passed a draft proposal on farmer suicides and drought situation in the state passed at its office-bearers’ meeting here.

“The state government, till date, has not made any official announcement of drought in any drought affected areas of the state. Besides, it has not placed any report related to drought and farmer suicides before the Centre which has been confirmed by the Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan in a press briefing here on Sunday. While states like Karnataka and Chhattisgarh will receive drought assistance from the Centre as they have submitted all relevant information and exhaustive reports, here, the state government has gone into deep slumber. The state government has not made any efforts in this regard while it has done everything to protect itself”, senior BJP leader Bijoy Mohapatra told mediapersons after the meeting.

Stating that the situation is going to become more acute in future, Mohapatra claimed that the state government is doing politics which is evident from its decision to hold Chasi Samavesh. “The BJP has not organised and will never organise such shameless convention”, he asserted.

The BJP leader said his party has visited three drought-affected districts and places where farmers have committed suicide. Besides, three teams of the party have also visited several drought-hit areas of the state, he added.

“You know very well the plight of the ministers during their visit to these areas”, Mohapatra quipped.

Alleging that the state government has spent Rs 5 crore to organise Chasi Samavesh at Bargarh, he said the government could have saved the 100 families of the deceased farmers by providing Rs 5 lakh to each family with this amount.

Talking to OTV over phone, BJD MLA Dr Raseswari Panigrahi said her party is not concerned about the remarks of the Opposition. “As per the decision of the party, we would visit the drought-hit areas, interact with the farmers, get first-hand information about the assistance they have received from the government and boost their confidence,” she added.

She also said the state government is trying its best to tide over the situation.”We are visiting the affected areas and collecting reports and information on the basis of which the state government would take necessary steps”, she pointed out.

Referring to the BJP office-bearers’ meeting, BJD spokesperson Pratap Deb said it is quite obvious that the BJP leaders would criticise the state government at the meeting.

“Despite farmer suicide cases, the state government has the moral guts to convene Chasi Samavesh in Bargarh where it would meet the farmers and apprise them of the assistance they have received from the government. Besides, the party would also seek their suggestions to bring the situation under control”, Deb said.