Hemanta Das said the fuel price hike has added to the miseries of people who are already reeling under COVID restrictions.
District Congress committee president Hemanta Das reached the spot along with other party workers and joined the agitation.
Patnaik also asked the party workers to bring to the notice of AICC and OPCC any complaints they have in the proper forum.
Congress whip Tara Prasad Bahinipati threatened that the house would not be allowed to be run till paddy is procured from the mandis.
Activist Suru Mishra said except monsoon, the river remains dry throughout the year and the situation turns grim in summer.
The State-wide bandh called by Congress over fuel price hike and various other issues hit normal life partially in Bhubaneswar.
Alleging that fuel prices are increasing daily even though the international crude oil price is at its lowest now, Patnaik said that a consumer now gives tax of Rs 50 per litre of petrol.
IPCC president Niranjan Patnaik told mediapersons that the bandh will be observed from 7am to 1pm. He requested the people of the state to make the bandh a success for their own interest.
Alleging that the BJD and BJP are hand in glove and two sides of the same coin, Mishra alleged that BJP members are disrupting proceedings for the last two days only to protect the government.
Congress performance in the November 3 bypolls indicates that the grand old party is plumbing the depths of its despair in Odisha.