Farmer suicide row in Assembly


Bhubaneswar: The Assembly was stalled several times today after Congress and BJP created uproar over Bargarh farmer Hadu Bagarti’s suicide.

Despite commotion in the House from the beginning of the session, speaker Niranjan Pujari continued with Question Hour and asked agriculture minister to reply to Congress MLA Nabakishore Das’ question on potato mission. As soon as minister Pradeep Maharathy started speaking, Congress leaders including leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra and MLA Tara Bahinipati as well as many BJP leaders started protesting.

“The privilege notice against minister Maharathy that we moved on Tuesday is being taken very lightly whereas farmers’ suicide is a serious and sensitive issue. The minister had dismissed the matter saying Bagarti died after argument with his family members whereas the district administration had not even conducted a proper probe into the farmer’s suicide,” Mishra said.

The Assembly had to be adjourned several times till 3 pm today.

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