Odisha Jana Morcha (OJM) leader Pyarimohan Mohapatra said OJM will declare the name of its political outfit next month.
Addressing a farmers’ convention at RMC Ground here on Sunday, Mohapatra said they had issued an ultimatum to BJD to set things right within six months. “But with no visible change, OJM has decided to take on the BJD directly and will launch political party next month,” he said.
He termed the farmers as the backbone of his movement for change. Informing that there are 98 lakh families inhabiting the State of which, 80 lakh live below the poverty line, he accused the State Government of neglecting agriculture and farmers.
Alleging that State Government has failed to strengthen irrigation, the OJM leader was also critical of diversion of water from the Hirakud dam to industries. He said the State Government should contribute Rs 200 and the Central Government another Rs 300 to provide Rs 500 bonus per quintal of paddy to farmers. He also demanded industry status for agriculture for its development.