Ruckus in Rajya Sabha over farmer’s suicide

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New Delhi: The suicide by a farmer here during an AAP rally caused an uproar in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday, with opposition leaders demanding Prime Minister Narendra Modi make a statement.

The uproar came soon after zero hour began with some opposition members trooping to the chairman’s podium. Opposition members demanded a statement from Modi over the issue.

After a brief adjournment, as the house reassembled, Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad blamed the central government of NDA and AAP government in Delhi for the suicide.

“Now farmers from states like Haryana and Rajasthan, which have been feeding the nation, are committing suicide. Prime minster before election promised to stop farmer suicide, but instead farmers are committing suicide in states where there used to be no suicides,” said Azad.

“The situation has reached a level that Gajendra Singh committed suicide in Delhi… Central government and AAP government in Delhi, both are culprits,” he said.

The leader of opposition said prime minister should make a statement on the issue.

As Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said government is ready for a debate and the home minister will answer, opposition members again created an uproar leading to a short 15-minute adjournment.

When the house reassembled, Bahujan Samaj Party leader Mayawati urged government to get the suicide case probed by the CBI.

Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader Sharad Yadav said: “Even if you have to throw it in the ocean, procure all he grains that are left with farmers. Relief never reaches them otherwise.”

The house was then adjourned for lunch, and a debate on the issue will be taken up post-lunch.

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