Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Dec 2:
Senior BJD leader and Binjharpur MLA Pramila Mallik, who recently was in news for advising opposition parties in Odisha to distribute ‘amar ladoo’ to contain farmer death, today kicked up yet another political storm by denying farmer suicide and asking opposition to do some work for the state.
“No one is committing suicide because of agricultural woes. Suicides and deaths are nothing new. A lot of people die all over India because of various reasons. We shouldn’t call it all farmer suicide. The opposition parties should refrain from making such allegations,” said Mallick while staging a sit-in near Raj Bhawan today to protest against LPG subsidy policy of the Union Government.
“The BJP has its government in the center. Instead of making allegations, it should try and get some assistance. The Congress is the opposition party there. It should raise the topic there and do something for Odisha. It is of no good to engage in unnecessary talks instead of doing anything good,” she added.
Quite like the last time, the opposition parties were extremely critical of her remarks.
“This kind of a statement from a senior member of the house like Pramila Mallick is unfortunate and disrespectful to the democracy. She had said it before and continues to make such atrocious remarks. I am surprised, how the Chief Minister and other senior leaders of the party bear this! It indicates that they have no sympathy left for the farmers. They perhaps want a confrontational situation,” said Deputy Chief Whip of Opposition Naba Das.
“Even after all the dissension in the assembly yesterday pertaining to her ‘amar ladoo’ remark; if she reiterates her statement today, it is extremely unfortunate. May god grant her the wisdom to refrain from making such remarks,” said BJP MLA Pradeep Purohit.
Ruling BJD Spokesperson Pratap Jena, however, attempted to defend the former minister.
“So far, everyone seems to agree that there have been suicides and these are extremely disturbing incidents. The ones that have committed suicide belong to farmer families; however, there have been no suicides because of agricultural woes. Mallick has said the same thing and we shouldn’t see it in negative light,” said Jena.