Raising the issue during the Zero Hour in the State Assembly today, Mishra said the happenings marked in the Assembly yesterday are historic.
“There are members belonging to four political parties in the Assembly. They all cried for welfare of farmers and stalled the proceedings of the House. If all members are supporting farmers, then where is the difficulty in resolving the issue,” wanted to know Mishra.
Expressing anguish that Leader of the House (Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik) does not come to the House to attend proceedings, Mishra wanted to know if the Chief Minister would call an all-party meeting to resolve the issue at the earliest. He said the matter can be resolved in one day if the Chief Minister wants so.
He said it is really disappointing if the House is adjourned for Padmapur by-poll.
He further alleged that ruling party members played the role of opposition members by moving in a rally to the Governor and submitting a complaint to him, demanding Minimum Support Price of Paddy be set at Rs 2,930 per quintal soon.
“Why the State Government didn’t increase the MSP as Chhattisgarh Government did it. While it has the power to increase the MSP, it is not understood why it submitted a complaint,” ridiculed Mishra.
He added, “The State Government has a loan burden of Rs 18,000 crore towards paddy procurement. The State Government has no concern to resolve the farmer issues.”
Mishra went on to allege again that the State Government takes a by-poll more important than the interest of the State.
“Ministers are not attending the House. Doesn’t it show that BJD side-lines interest of the State merely for a by-poll,” he remarked.