Bhubaneswar: Protesting against the distress sale of paddy at Government mandis (paddy ayards), members of the BJP Krushak Morcha today tried to barge into the State Secretariat here. A scuffle also ensued between the police personnel and protestors. Later, police managed to take the protestors into preventive custody.
The protestors also demanded Cooperation Minister Surjya Narayan Patro’s resignation for his claim that paddy was being procured at prices stipulated MSP of Rs 1750 per quintal in mandis.
Holding placards and banners, the members of the farmers’ wing of the BJP suddenly appeared in front of the Gate No. 4 of the Secretariat to barge into the Secretariat. However, police personnel swung into action and prevented them from entering the Secretariat.