Farmers hold hunger strike, dharna across Odisha | Bhubaneswar News – Times of India

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BHUBANESWAR: Farmers led by their outfits on Saturday staged dharna and hunger strike at different places of the state in order to show solidarity to the farmer movement in Delhi and protesting the farm laws.
All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC), an umbrella organisation of different farmer outfits, organised the hunger strike and dharnas at Lower PMG in Bhubaneswar, some places in Puri, Kendrapada, Gajapati Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Dhenkanal, Bhadrak, Cuttack, Kalahandi, Sundargarh, Ganjam, Rayagada like districts.
Suresh Panigrahy, state convenor of AIKSCC, said they organised the hunger strike along with dharnas on the martyrdom day of Mahatma Gandhi to silently protest the government move against the agitating farmers in Delhi border. “We have staged dharnas and Satyagrahs at panchayat, block, district and state level demanding withdrawal of the farm laws immediately and legal protection for ensuring minimum support price (MSP) of agricultural products,” he added.
Akshaya Kumar, national convenor of Navnirman Krushak Sangathan (NKS), said they staged a hunger strike on Saturday here with their farmers. “We appeal the common people to understand the Centre’s dirty trick to defame the farmer movement. We also demand action against the perpetrators who created violence in Delhi on Republic Day and proper investigation into the matter,” he added.
He said the farm laws are anti-farmer in nature and will help big private companies. “This is a struggle of farmers to save farmers from exploitation in future. We protest against the farm laws in a non-violence way despite the government’s conspiracy to topple the derail our movement,” he added.
Sachin Mohapatra, another farmer leader who has taken part in the Delhi farmer movement, said he took part in the hunger strike along with other farmer leaders. “We will not stop this farmer movement at any cost and continue our fight against the farm laws,” he added.

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