Cong, AITC, Left, other Oppn parties stage walkout in LS over farmers' issues

Cong, AITC, Left, other Oppn parties stage walkout in LS over farmers issues

New Delhi: The Opposition parties, led by the Congress, today staged a walkout in the Lok Sabha accusing the Modi government of having failed to address the agrarian crisis in the country. However, Samajawadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav did not participate in the walkout. The Trinamool Congress, the Left parties, the RJD joined in as Congress president Sonia Gandhi and leader of the Party in the House Mallikarjun Kharge started walking out of the chamber after Speaker Sumitra Mahajan rejected the latter's adjournment notice to discuss the farmers' plight. As soon as the House reassembled for Zero Hour after adjournment during the Question Hour and papers of the day were laid, Mr Kharge rose up to press for his demand, but the Speaker told him that the discussion on the agrarian situation was already listed for today under Rule 193. Mr Kharge said the matter was urgent as the farm sector was facing grave crisis across the country, but the Centre had failed to address the issue as there was no loan waiver and no action on the demand for 50 per cent rise in MSP over the cost. These are not his demand but promises made by the Prime Minister, he added. At this Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said no one was more sensitive than the Prime Minister towards the farmers' problems and pointed out various schemes that had been launched by his government for them. Mr Kumar said the Government was ready for discussion which was already listed for today under Rule 193, and it was ready to answer all the questions. In the meanwhile, all the Opposition members were up on their seats, and Mr Kharge continued to try making his point even as the Speaker motioned Ms Santosh Ahlawat to speak on her issue listed for the Zero Hour. Soon Ms Gandhi and Mr Kharge rose up and walked out of the House followed by Members of the other parties, with Ms Mahajan remarking ,' this is not good'. The Parliamentary Affairs Minister also joined in appealing to the Opposition to come back, while stressing that the they should not have any doubt about the commitment of the Prime Minister to the farmers' welfare. He said the matter would be taken up after the legislative business listed for today and the government was ready for discussion and receive their suggestions. However, the Opposition Members did not heed his appeal and left the House, but the Speaker continued with Zero Hour business.

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