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Centre has no sympathy towards Odisha farmers: Patnaik

Hitting out at the BJP, Biju Janata Dal (BJD) president and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday accused the Centre of having no sympathy towards the farmers of Odisha. The central government has no time to deal with the the problems of Odisha farmers, Patnaik said, addressing a series of election meetings at Atabira, Padmapur and Bargarh, where polling is scheduled to take place on April 18. Noting that the BJP in its 2014 manifesto promised to double the minimum support price (MSP) of paddy, he said the state government waited for its implementation. However, nothing has been done so far, even as five years have passed since then, the CM said. Patnaik said the Odisha assembly had formed a House Committee to take up the issue of MSP with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. But the Prime Minister s Office (PMO) did not allot even two minutes to listen to the Committee, he alleged. Targeting Union ministers Jual Oram and Dharmendra Pradhan, Patnaik added, Even more ...

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