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House on boil over farmers

Bhubaneswar, Nov. 30: The Opposition today stalled the proceedings of the Assembly for the second day demanding a discussion on issues concerning farmers.

Opposition Congress members occupied the well throughout the day shouting slogans, forcing repeated adjournments.

Finally, Speaker Pradip Amat adjourned the proceedings for the day as the noisy scenes prevailed in the afternoon session as well.

As soon as the Assembly began, leader of the Opposition, Bhupinder Singh urged the Speaker to take up discussion on issues relating to farmers, suspending all other business listed for the day.

“Farmers are going through a difficult time because of government apathy. They are being forced to sell paddy at throw away prices to miller agents, as government agencies are not buying their produce, even though the chief minister had promised that paddy purchase centres would be opened at every gram panchayat,” said Singh. He said some of the farmers were being forced to commit suicide out of desperation.

The Opposition leader said they had given a notice yesterday for discussion on an adjournment motion relating to various problems being encountered by the farmers. However, the Speaker rejected the motion stating that it was not possible for a minister to reply to issues concerning three departments.

He wanted Question Hour to be suspended to take up the issue of farmers. However, Amat rejected the plea and proceeded with question-answer business.

Enraged by this, Congress members trooped into the well holding placards and shouting slogans against the “anti-farmer attitude” of the state government.

At one point of time, an angry Congress member threw the placard at the Speaker. However, the Assembly marshal caught it.