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Bhubaneswar/Berhampur: As yet another Odisha farmer succumbed to his suicide attempt on Monday in Ganjam district, the proceedings of Odisha Assembly on the day got disrupted following pandemonium created by opposition Congress and BJP demanding a House Committee for probing farmer deaths in Odisha.

Opposition members continued to disrupt proceedings of Odisha Assembly for the fifth consecutive day on Monday demanding the formation of House Committee to investigate the farmer suicides in several parts of the State.

As the House assembled, MLAs of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) stood up and started shouting against the Naveen Patnaik government. They too stormed into the well and alleged that the government was not paying any attention to their demands that a House Committee should be formed to know that exact reason behind the farmer suicide cases.

Today, the Congress legislators too joined hands with the BJP lawmakers and demanded the Speaker to initiate for the formation of a House Committee for the same.

Owing to the din, Speaker Niranjan Pujari had to adjourn the House.

The latest death is the second one in Ganjam district recently. This district in south Odisha is ironically the home assembly constituency of Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

According to reports, the farmer identified as one Brundaban Swain (65), hails from Nuagaon village under Aska block in Ganjam district. Earlier, he had attempted suicide consuming poison in the morning hours in his field on Sunday following which he was initially rushed to the Aska Government Hospital by fellow villagers who had discovered him in a critical condition in the middle of his field amid ruined crops.

As his condition deteriorated, he was later shifted to the MKCG Medical College and Hospital.

However, despite best of the efforts by the doctors he succumbed.

The bereft farmer’s family members alleged that he had borrowed crop loan from the bank. Crestfallen at his failed crop and worried about repaying the debt, he took the drastic step.

However, when the House later re-assembled in the afternoon, Rs 279 crore demand for expenditure of the Industries Department was passed.

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Narsingh Mishra, Leader of Opposition, Odisha

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Rabi Naik, MLA, BJP, Odisha

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Sameer Das, Spokesperson, BJD