Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik will attend party’s dharna at Talkatora Stadium in New Delhi on January 8 to press for a hike in the minimum support price (MSP) of paddy, said BJD Krushak Wing president Prasanna Acharya in a press conference in national capital.
BJD MPs, MLAs and Ministers along with hundreds of party workers will leave for New Delhi on January 5 in a special train for the proposed mega farmers’ rally.
On January 8 evening a delegation of BJD will submit a memorandum to President Ram Nath Kovind.
The ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) will organize a Delhi Chalo movement demanding implementation of the Swaminathan Committee report, enhancement of MSP, and exposing the NDA government’s ‘great betrayal’ of farmers by staging protests in the national capital.
It may be noted that the BJD had not joined the opposition in the Kissan Mukti March at Delhi on November 30 addressed by Rahul Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal, Farooq Abdullah and several others wherein the same issues were raised. The BJD kept away from the opposition rally lest it branded as one among the anti-BJP front.