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Odisha Assembly Stalled Over Farmer Suicide For 6th Consecutive Day


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21 March 2017

Soumya Ranjan Sahoo


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Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Assembly on Wednesday witnessed disruption of proceedings over farmer-suicide issue. The opposition parties, BJP and the Congress, reinforced their demand for a House Committee to probe farmer-suicides in the state which ultimately led to an adjournment till 3 PM.

The Government is facing disruption in house for the last six days as the opposition is consistently demanding a House committee to probe into the cases.

Speaking on this, Leader Of Opposition Narasingha Mishra said, “Everyone except the Agriculture Minister agrees that the farmers have committed suicide due to crop failure. Members of all the political parties have expressed their concerns regarding this. A House Committee should be formed to investigate into the cases. Or else, the Speaker should instruct the Standing committee to look into it and submit a report in a certain time period.”

BJP also raised its voice in favour of a House Committee. Speaking to the reporters, BJP MLA Pradip Purohit said, “The investigation reports, filed by the District Collectors are baseless. Such a major issue requires proper investigation and hence our party is demanding for a House Committee.”

On the contrary, BJD Chief Whip Anant Das, defending the government, said, “We have 10 existing standing committees one of which is meant for agriculture. They can investigate anything they want but cannot when the session is going on.”

Later in the afternoon, when the house reassembled, expenditure of Rs 758 crores for the Planning and Convergence Department was passed.

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Ananta Das, Chief Whip, BJD

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Narasingha Mishra, Leader Of Opposition

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Pradeep Pirohit, MLA, BJP