Bhubaneswar: The members of the BJP Krushak Morcha on Thursday tried to barge inside the Odisha State Secretariat here protesting against alleged irregularities in paddy procurement at ‘mandis’ across the state.
Carrying placards and shouting anti-government slogans, the members of the farmers’ wing of the BJP attempted to break the police cordon at Gate No. 4 of the secretariat.
However, their attempt was thwarted by the police deployed at the Secretariat.
The BJP workers were also demanding resignation of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Cooperation Minister Surya Narayan Patro holding them responsible for the irregularities in paddy procurement.
The Commissionerate Police took some BJP
members on preventive custody.