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NKS Bandh Call: BJD Questions Rationale, Lambasts Congress & BJP For Support As Matric Exams From Feb 22


19 February 2019

Mohammed Ishtiyaque


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Bhubaneswar: As Nabanirman Krushak Sanghathan (NKS) sticks to its guns despite the Odisha Government’s appeal to stay away from its state-wide bandh call given on February 21even though the Annual Matric Exams start the very next day, ruling BJD today questioned the rationale behind it.

BJD also took a dig at both Congress and BJP for supporting it. Convening a press note under such circumstances, Rajya Sabha member and BJD spokesperson Pratap Keshari Deb said, “The Nabanirman Krushak Sangh (NKS) has given a bandh call on February 21. NKS should withdraw from it because the Matric Exams begin from February 22.”

“Congress and BJP are extending their support to NKS bandh call. Hence, the NKS should clarify if it agrees with the policies of Congress and BJP. Assembly has resolved for MSP hike, but BJP is not doing so. Does NKS agree with BJP? Congress promises farm loan waiver and MSP hike. Hence, NKS should clarify if it agrees with Congress,” he demanded.

The BJD leader commented, “NKS is pressing for Price, Prestige and Pension. The scheme made by the State Government and the beneficiaries covered has not been done either by the Centre or any other States.”

He also explained, “The most significant point is that of the Matric Exams. 6 lakh students will appear on February 22. There will be movement of question paper and other requisite materials. If the vehicles are debarred from movement due to the bandh, the exam will obviously be hit hard. That’s why the Government has also appealed them to stay away from the bandh.”

The BJD spokesperson lampooned, “When the Prime Minister is undertaking ‘Parikshya Pe Charcha’, his party (BJP) is going to support the bandh on the previous day. Who is right and who is wrong?” OMMCOM NEWS tried for the reactions of NKS, Congress and BJP, but couldn’t despite efforts made till the filing of this news.

Also Read: NKS To Go Ahead With ‘Odisha Bandh’ Despite Govt Appeal, Public Outcry Against Decision

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Pratap Keshari Deb, Spokesperson, BJD