Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Dec 15:

While the ruling party of Odisha has come under attack from Opposition over arrest of farmers on their way to a convention here yesterday, the remark of its legislator today has stirred a major controversy.


Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress today raised the police action on farmers in the House today. The issue created a bedlam forcing the Speaker to adjourn the Assembly twice.

“It is a matter of regret that mining mafia and industrialists have nowadays started identifying themselves as farmers. People who neither had nor have any link with farming are misleading poor farmers so as to catapult to power. The farming community should understand this,” BJD spokesperson Samir Ranjan Dash said.

Reacting to this, the convenor and advisor of Nabanirman Krushak Sangathan (NKS) Soumya Ranjan Patnaik said that the farmers would give them a befitting reply for their egotistic attitude.

“The farmer folks were insulted yesterday and with today’s statement they are adding insult to injury. I would only say to Chief Minister that if he has directed the spokespersons so then he should know who the industrialists are. The persons who had come for the convention appeared like industrialists? The dhoti and gamcha clad with turban appeared to you as industrialists?” NKS convenor Soumya Ranjan Patnaik asked.

Leader of Opposition (LoP) in Odisha Assembly Narasingha Mishra termed the government as jaundice-affected for the remark.

“I think government is suffering from jaundice because the jaundice-affected persons generally say so. They view mafia as farmers and vice versa. One who is not afflicted cannot see so,” Congress leader Narasingha Mishra said.