Bandh unfortunate, says Odisha Finance minister

Bhubaneswar: Even as the Naba Niramn Krushak Sanghathan (NNKS) today began State-wide dawn to dusk bandh, demanding price, prestige and pension for farmers, the Odisha government has termed the shutdown unfortunate as the farmers’ outfit called for the strike just a day before the matric examination.

“What more unfortunate is that two major national political parties Congress and BJP have extended supported to the bandh. Normal life has been paralysed. Transportation has come to a grinding halt. Mostly the matric students were mentally disturbed just a day before examination due to the stir. The outfit turned down government’s appeal and went on a strike”, Finance Minister Sashi Bhushan Behera said.

Farmers’ body Navnirman Krishak Sangathan (NNKS) has called for a 12-hours bandh in Odisha to protest against the poor policies of the Naveen Patnaik government. The farmers in the state are demanding adequate price for their produce and pension.

NNKS convenor Akshay Kumar said, adding that they will create no hindrance in the conduct of the board exams.

The NNKS activists have started picketing in sevral places across Odisha including State Capital Bhubaneswar and Cuttack

Adequate police personnel have been deployed across the State to ensure peaceful strike.

Police have also detained several bandh enforcers in various places. Police picked up 20 activists from Patia-Nandankanan road during a road blockade. Similarly, more than 20 activists were detained on NH 16 in Bhadrak. As many as 39 NNKS supporter at Madhupatna road in Cuttack, over 50 in Chandikhol, Dharmasala and Panikoili area of Jajpur district and 100 activists from various places of Jagatsinghpur district were detained by police during picketing.

Vehicular communication was disrupted as buses, trucks were off the road. Hundreds of passengers were stranded at bus stops.


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