Opposition ruckus over farmer's suicide forces Lok Sabha to adjourn

New Delhi: Opposition members today created ruckus in the Lok Sabha over the suicide of a farmer here yesterday, leading to adjournment of proceedings even as the government said it was ready to discuss the
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PTI 23 Apr 2015, 12:30:41 PM IST

New Delhi: Opposition members today created ruckus in the Lok Sabha over the suicide of a farmer here yesterday, leading to adjournment of proceedings even as the government said it was ready to discuss the matter.

Raising the issue soon after the House assembled for the day, Congress members, who along with those of other parties, demanded suspension of the Question Hour, which Speaker Sumitra Mahajan rejected saying the matter could be discussed later in the day.

But the opposition members continued to protest seeking an immediate debate on the issue.

Soon, members of Left parties staged a walkout, as Congress members started raising anti-government slogans.

As the protests continued, Mahajan asked the agitating members not to "politicise the matter".

"No one is bothered about the problems of farmers... Everyone is playing their own politics," she said and added that she herself was saddened by the incident.

Amid the din, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said the government was ready to discuss the farmer's suicide, which is a "important, serious and urgent".

Though the House has already discussed the issue of unseasonal rains and hailstorm destroying standing crops, the government was ready to have another debate on the plight of the farmers, Naidu said.

The matter can be discussed when the Home Minister is present and government would inform what steps are being taken, he said, telling the opposition members "don't politicise the issue... the whole nation is watching."

As the ruckus continued, the House was adjourned for over half-an-hour till noon.

Gajendra Singh, a distressed farmer from Dausa in Rajasthan, committed suicide yesterday by hanging himself from a tree in full public view in the presence of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at an Aam Aadmi Party rally.

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