Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Sep 6:
The state unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today embarked on a three-day visit to various parts of Odisha where drought threat is looming large owing to deficient rainfall this monsoon.
The fact-finding team would visit areas where drought-like situation has emerged and agricultural activities have been badly hit. The team would assess the extent of crop loss suffered by farmers in the wake of scanty rainfall in these areas.
In the first leg of the visit, the team would tour Bolangir, Boudh, Sonepur, Nuapada and Kalahandi districts where monsoon has played truant. It would take stock of the ground situation in these districts.
The team was led by state BJP president KV Singhdeo and accompanied by party’s legislative party leader Basant Panda, party’s state vice-president Prithviraj Harichandan, state secretary Bhrugu Buxipatra and Krushak Morcha president Mahesh Sahu.
At the end of the visit on Wednesday, the team would submit its report to the party on September 10 at a party meeting to be held in the capital city, which would decide on its further course of action.
The saffron party’s visit to the drought affected areas assumes significance as Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi is slated to lead a padyatra–‘Save Farmer March’– in Bargarh district during his two-day visit to Odisha beginning September 10. The Gandhi scion would highlight the alleged failure of both the Centre and BJD regime in the state in mitigating the plight of peasants, party sources said.
Notably, the drought situation has affected mainly western Odisha where farmers are committing suicide due to crop loss and debt burden.