Uttarakhand Assembly disrupts for third day over sugarcane farmers issue
Proceedings of the Uttarakhand Assembly were disrupted for the third day in a row on Wednesday with opposition Congress refusing to budge from its demand for a debate in the House on issues facing the sugarcane growers. Congress members vociferously demanded for the debate during the Question Hour, forcing four adjournments before the lunch break.
The entire Question Hour was washed out due to frequent interruptions which saw Congress MLAs rushing into the Well with sugarcanes in their hands as a symbol to mount pressure on the Speaker to allow a debate on the issue by suspending listed business for the day. BJP members alleged that the opposition did it deliberately as it did not want assembly proceedings to go smoothly.
Speaker Prem Chand Aggrawal finally agreed for a discussion on the issue under rule 58, but the opposition legislators insisted on nothing less than a debate under rule 310 which entails the suspension of listed business. Refusing to relent, the Speaker went ahead with the listed business of the House for the day as opposition members staged a walkout shortly before lunch.
The opposition's intransigence prompted BJP members Kunwar Pranav Singh Champion, Sanjay Gupta and Deshraj Karnawal to sit on a dharna outside the chamber of Leader of Opposition Indira Hridayesh at the Vidhan Sabha. "They wasted precious time of the House. There were important questions related to farmers listed for the day. But we have lost the opportunity to raise them due to the opposition's insistence. That is why we are sitting on a dharna outside the Leader of the Opposition's chamber," Champion told reporters.
(With inputs from agencies.)
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