05 April 2019
Bhubaneswar: As planned earlier, ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) today knocked the doors of Election Commission of India (ECI) against the alleged pressure of BJP exerted on the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) and the stalling of ongoing KALIA assistance disbursal to Odisha farmers.
Submitting its memorandum, BJD urged, “We urge the Election Commission of India and your kind consideration to ensure that both the requests made in this memorandum are considered favorably and immediate action is undertaken to ensure that the benefits which should have been received by lakhs of farmers under Kalia Yojana is provided at the earliest to them, without further delay.”
It also mentions, “We look forward to your kind intervention and of the Election Commission of India in the larger interest of lakhs of farmers in Odisha who are awaiting for the Kalia Yojana benefits with bated breath.”
Also it is mentioned, “Since the Model Code of Conduct came into force, the Biju Janata Dal Government approached the Chief Electoral Officer, Odisha to allow benefits of the Kalia Yojana to continue along with processes which would adhere also to the Model Code of Conduct. But to our utter surprise, we found that due to the pressure mounted by the Bharatiya Janata Party on the Chief Electoral Officer, further disbursements under the Kalia Yojana benefits were stopped.”
“The role of the BJP which has been shedding crocodile tears for the farmers is malicious and instead of being ashamed of its anti-farmer policy, the BJP is stooping too low and pressurizing the CEO and stopping benefits for lakhs of farmers for the sake of electoral gains is not acceptable to the BJD. The farmers of Odisha will give a befitting reply to the BJP and its leaders for conspiring to stop the KALIA funds to them,” BJD has slammed.
The memorandum has been signed by the BJD delegation led by its sitting MP-cum-Puri MP candidate Pinaki Misra and BJD IT head Amar Patnaik, including party spokespersons Sulochana Das and Sasmit Patra and also Biju Yuva Janata Dal president Amaresh Patri and Biju Chattra Janata Dal president Rana Pratap Patra.