Bhubaneswar: The ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) today took potshots at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) by accusing it of having been taken control over by dalals (middlemen) and advocating for the latter when there has been such huge scale paddy procurement in the State benefitting farmers.
“When paddy procurement has happened on such huge scale benefitting farmers, some dalals (middlemen) caught hold of Odisha BJP and they are advocating for dalals,” stated BJD spokesperson Shreemayee Mishra addressing a presser at the party’s headquarters here today reacting on the BJP’s agitation over alleged irregularities in paddy procurement.
Mishra said that the people of State know that the BJP in Odisha has been advocating for the dalals.
“Odisha BJP is making all this drama to divert attention from the farmers agitation that is going on in Delhi which the people of Odisha have very well understood,” the BJD spokespokerson pointed out.
Mishra said that there has been a record bumper crop in Odisha and lakhs of farmers have benefitted in the State with high levels of paddy procurement.
Sharing details of paddy procurement in the State, the BJD spokesperson said that in 2018-19 total paddy procurement was 65.5 lakh metric tonnes and Rs 11,400 crore was transferred to the farmers in the State.
In 2019-20 paddy procurement rose to 70.56 lakh metric tonnes and transfers to farmers rose to Rs 12,808 crore which goes to show how farmers in the State have immensely benefitted, she added.
“The BJD government stands guarantee that every single bag of paddy of genuine farmers will be procured,” Mishra said.
While informing that BJD MPs met Union Minister Piyush Goyal on Thursday and resolved issues relating to paddy procurement from farmers and subsidy, Mishra asked what were the BJP MPs doing for the farmers of the State.
“Instead of playing cheap politics let them fight for the interests of Odisha farmers like BJD MPs are doing in Delhi,” the BJD spokesperson remarked.