Bhubaneswar: The winter session of the Odisha Assembly witnessed uproar by Opposition Congress and BJP members over the issues of farmers for the second consecutive day resulting in an adjournment till 3 PM and later till tomorrow.
As Question Hour began, Congress and BJP legislators rushed to the well of the House shouting slogans over the issue. While the Congress MLAs were seen wearing gowns imprinted with texts of slogans, the BJP members protested holding thermocol replicas of pesticides.
Amid pandemonium, Speaker Pradip Amat adjourned the House till 3 PM. Earlier, the Congress had moved an adjournment motion notice over the same issue.
Following the adjournment, BJD members marched towards Raj Bhavan to submit a memorandum to the Governor addressed to the President demanding hike in minimum support price (MSP) of paddy.
After the House reassembled, Opposition members raised the issue again and later staged walkout following which the Speaker adjourned the House till tomorrow after it functioned without Opposition members for a brief period of time.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi had promised to hike the MSP on paddy by 1.5 times of the production cost. But, the central government increased a meager Rs 80. Besides, the union government has also dishonoured the state assembly, which has unanimously passed a resolution to hike paddy MSP to Rs 2,930 per quintal,” said BJD MLA Shashi Bhusan Behera speaking to reporters.
BJP MLA Pradip Purohit said the state government is not concerned about the agony of farmers.
“While the farmers are in miserable situation following drought, pest attack and unseasonal rain, the state government did not announce bonus on paddy. The ruling party is creating drama in the House,” said the BJP member outside the House.
On the other hand, Leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra, speaking to media persons, said neither the BJD nor the BJP are concerned about the problems of farmers.
“The ruling members are saying that they are ready for discussion, but are not doing so when motion notice is being moved. They don’t have the courage to face protest. Both BJD and BJP are shedding crocodile tears for farmers. I had written a letter to the Speaker seeking his intervention to continue the House proceedings,” said Mishra outside the House.
The House had also witnessed similar situation yesterday on the opening day of the winter session.