Bhubaneswar: Protest over delay in the paddy procurement at several mandis across Odisha reached the Assembly floor on Friday when BJP MLA from Deogarh, Subash Chandra Panigrahi threatened self-immolation.
Upset with the faulty token system leading to delay in the procurement process, the MLA first staged a dharna in the Assembly. He said “I will set myself on fire if the procurement process was not streamlined and the produce of farmers procured at the earliest.”
The MLA said “I will commit suicide if their problems are not solved immediately.” Panigrahi did not stop at that and kept repeating his threats, stated reports.
It all started during the Zero Hour when Panigrahi raised the issue and stated that farmers of Odisha are victims of State government apathy. “Many farmers are yet to sell their produce due to delay and glitches in token generation,” he alleged.
The situation normalised after Panigrahi returned to his seat following a request by Speaker Surya Narayan Patra.
Hundreds of farmers continue to stage protests by blocking roads in different parts of the state over the issue.