No clear explanation or clarification was given by the leaders of the regional party with regard to their stand on the farmers’ agitation.
In the Parliament, the BJD had taken a ‘diluted stand’ on the farm laws – it supported passing of the bills in Lok Sabha while it opposed them in Rajya Sabha.
As almost all the non-BJP ruled states and many the political parties opposed the farm laws and extended support to the farmers’ agitation and ‘Bharat Bandh’ call, it was expected that the BJD would follow suit.
In fact on Monday, senior BJD leader Debi Prasad Mishra had hinted about the party’s opposition to the farm laws and said a final call on extending support to the ‘Bharat Bandh’ would be taken by the party president and chief minister Naveen Pataik.
“The BJD is extending moral support to the farmers’ agitation. Our party president Naveen Patnaik will take a call on supporting ‘Bharat Bandh’,” Mr Mishra has said on Monday.
Sources said the BJD deliberately tried to tread cautiously on the issue of farmers’ agitation and ‘Bharat Bandh’ not to earn the displeasure of the BJP which is baying for its blood on the multi-crore chit scam and mining irregularities. Over six top leaders of the BJD, including a sitting Lok Sabha member two sitting MLAs, were arrested in the chit fund scam while names of top leaders figured in the mining scam. Of late, the saffron party has also launched a no-holds-barred attack on the regional outfit over the issue of deteriorating law and order in the state.