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Maha Assembly adjourned twice over Vidarbha farmer suicides

mumbai Updated: Apr 01, 2010 15:28 IST

Maharashtra Legislative Assembly was adjourned twice on Thursday after the Opposition created noisy scenes when the Chair disallowed an adjournment notice on the issue of farmers' suicide in Vidarbha.

Leader of Opposition Eknath Khadse said 56 farmers had end their lives in the cotton growing belt since the beginning of the budget session on March 18.

"The House needs to debate this issue immediately as it is extremely important," he said.

PWP leader Ganpatrao Deshmukh said if the adjournment notice is disallowed, Speaker Dilip Walse Patil can atleast take up the debate by setting aside other business listed on the agenda.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Harshvardhan Patil admitted that farmer suicides was a serious issue and a matter of grave concern.

"The government is ready to debate on it. But, it is not a issue of adjournment notice," he said.

It was decided that the farmers suicides debate would be taken up next week. But the Opposition stuck to its demand of adjournment notice which resulted in two adjournments of ten minutes each.