Farmers’ issues rock Maharashtra assembly

December 12th, 2011 - 10:39 pm ICT by IANS  

Nagpur, Dec 12 (IANS) A belligerent opposition disrupted proceedings in the Maharashtra assembly Monday, leading to three adjournments in the first half of the day.

Uproarious scenes were witnessed when Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan was scheduled to move a condolence resolution as opposition members demanded a discussion on the issues of farmers in the state seeking Rs.6,000 minimum support price for their produce.

Speaker Dilip Walse-Patil adjourned the house for an hour till noon when Chavan tabled the condolence resolution paying respects to former members of the house.

Immediately after the condolence resolution was passed, the Opposition again demanded a discussion on the issue of cotton prices. Some members brought cotton inside the house and gifted it to Chavan and created ruckus, leading to another adjournment for 10 minutes.

When it re-assembled many opposition members stormed to the speaker’s podium and raised slogans. Deputy Speaker Vasant Purke who was presiding, adjourned the house for half an hour.

Opposition members like Sardar Tara Singh, Sanjay Kute, Girish Mahajan, Harish Pimple, Sudhir Parve, Atul Deshkar went to the podium and threw cotton balls towards the Chair.
However, as the noisy scenes continued unabated in the house, the Deputy Speaker Purke finally adjourned it for the day.

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