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Assembly adjourned over farmer suicides, Polavaram project

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

The Assembly was adjourned twice today during the pre-lunch session as the opposition and the ruling BJD members created an uproar over farmer suicide and Polavaram project.

As the House assembled for the question hour, the MLAs rushed to the well of the House, asking the state to acknowledge cases of farmer suicides in the state due to crop loss and loan burden.

The agitating members shouted anti- slogan and dubbed the BJD as "anti-farmer". The MLAs claimed that 35 farmers have committed suicide during this kharif season allegedly due to drought, pest attack and unseasonal rains.

Unable to control the pandemonium, Speaker P K Amat adjourned the House till noon.

When the House reassembled, the ruling BJD members shouted anti-slogans, accusing the central of supporting the government, which allegedly violated by raising the height of Indira Sagar Dam project, also known as the Polavaram project.

The ruckus prompted Amat to adjourn the House again for another 30 minutes.

When the House met thereafter, the speaker allowed a debate on the supplementary budget of home and general administration departments.

Leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra of the Congress criticised the ruling BJD and the for disrupting the proceedings of the House.

"Around 2.5 hours was wasted by the and the BJD today. The could have raised the issue of farmer suicide without disrupting the crucial The BJD MLAs, too, could have made their point without creating a ruckus in the House," Mishra added.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, December 08 2017. 16:50 IST