Before BJP national chief Amit Shah makes his maiden appearance as MLA in ongoing budget session Monday, Gujarat Legislative Assembly saw an uproar as most of the Congress members were suspended for the day after house resumed following Question-Hour adjournment after 10 minutes into proceedings.
It started with the Congress sloganeering demanding Zero-Hour discussion for crop damage in unseasonal rains. A reply by minister of state for agriculture Bachubhai Khabad to a question asked by Dehgam Congress MLA Kaminiba Rathod revealed that only 10 percent of all farmers’ applications for the 50 percent subsidy for fencing fields have been cleared. The fencing is done to protect crops from attacks by Nilgay and pigs.
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Congress Legislative Party leader Shankersinh Vaghela demanded for Zero-Hour, calling it a double whammy for farmers who sustained loss in unseasonal rains. Maintaining that there is no scope for Zero-Hour without consent of the government, while speaker Ganpat Vasava ordered to continue the question hour Congress flashed cuttings of newspapers about crop damages. Vasava adjourned assembly proceedings until question hour when the Congress continued with its demand for special discussion. This is the first time that the 13th Gujarat Legislative Assembly, since its first session in January 2013, saw an adjournment. Usually speaker suspends the Congress members, often all of them. At 1 pm when house resumed, Congress continued its demand following which most its members were suspended for the day.