The BJP nominee for the December 5 by-election in Odisha’s Padampur, Pradip Purohit, respected the request of the troubled farmers and returned from the sub-collector’s office there on Monday without submitting his nomination papers.
After reaching that office in Padmapur in Bargarh district during a meeting to submit his nomination after holding a puja, Purohit found out that farmers are on dharna and demand immediate payment of crop insurance.
The farmers, who were in turmoil for days, requested Purohit and opposition leader Jaynarayan Mishra not to submit nomination papers for the mid-term poll until the farmers’ demands are met.
“We have refrained from submitting nomination papers today because our candidate Purohit is a farmer himself and he supported the agitators’ demand. The farmers have told us that they would make the same request to all candidates who come to submit the nomination papers,” Mishra told reporters.
However, the BJP leader said they would submit the nomination paper if anyone does.
The ruling BJD has previously announced that its candidate Barsha Singh Bariha will submit nomination papers on November 16.
The last date for submitting nomination papers is November 17.
The farmers of Padmapur subdivision have demanded crop insurance money under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana.
They have not received the benefits even four months after Kharif’s harvest period. They also raised some other issues and persuade candidates not to submit nominations until their grievances are resolved.
Earlier in the day, the saffron brigade held a huge meeting attended by union ministers Dharmendra Pradhan and Biswheswar Tudy and two MPs Suresh Pujari and Basant Panda before Purohit started the journey to the sub-collector’s office.
Pradhan who visited the farmers’ dharna site blamed the state BJD government for the delay in payment of crop insurance to the farmers.
He supported the farmers’ demand and said the BJP supports the issue of a separate Padmapur district.
The interim poll in the Padmapur assembly segment is necessitated by the passing of BJD MLA Bijay Ranjan Singh Bariha on 3 October.
The papers will be reviewed on November 18 and candidates can withdraw their nominations before November 21.
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