Bharatiya Janata Party Kisan Morcha reacted strongly to incident of taking a Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) and procurement centre committee manager hostage by farmers for non-procurement of paddy from them even after issuing tokens.
The Morcha said the incident exposed the real face of the Congress-led government in the state.
The farmers of Sambalpur paddy procurement centre in Bemetara district kept the officials as hostage.
BJP’s Kisan Morcha state president Poonam Chandrakar said the incident revealed the real situation prevailing on the ground. The state government had promised to procure the paddy from all the farmers who had been issued tokens, but still the paddy is not being procured from them.
He alleged that in the current kharif procurement season the state government has failed to fulfil the smooth paddy procurement. The state government itself had announced for procurement of paddy from farmers holding token, but situation prevailing across the state is totally different.
The BJP leader further said that it is most unfortunate that farmers are being forced to resort to agitation to meet their demands or even take the officials as hostages for quick action. BJP will back all such agitations which will be in favour of farmers, he said.