Opposition Congress was planning to move a privilege motion in the State Assembly on the reported statement of a Cabinet Minister declaring himself a “servant” of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

Talking to presspersons after a discussion on the farmers’ problems in the Assembly on Tuesday, Leader of Opposition Bhupinder Singh said that the Minister’s statement had lowered the dignity of a Member of the House.

Everybody had witnessed in television how a Minister described himself as servant of Mr. Patnaik’s family while addressing a rally in Ganjam district a few weeks ago, and media had been writing and showing satirical reports on the statement, Mr. Singh said.

Meanwhile, Agriculture Minister Debi Prasad Mishra demanded an apology from Mr. Singh for his statement on the issue.

Earlier, the issue was raised during the discussion on farmers’ problems and Speaker Pradip Kumar Amat directed expunction of Mr. Singh’s remarks.

The opposition legislators staged a walkout expressing dissatisfaction over the Government’s reply on the adjournment motion on farmers’ problems.

On the other hand, thousands of farmers staged protest in several districts in the western region of the State during the day to highlight their demands, including a uniform paddy procurement policy.