Oppn din forces Mah Council to be adjourned for the day

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Nagpur, Nov 20 (UNI) The Maharashtra Legislative Council was adjourned for the day after being adjourned thrice for a total of one hour today amid opposition's din demanding complete loan waiver to farmers in the state.

The trouble erupted as soon as Chairman Shivajirao Deshmukh ruled that a discussion on the issue would be held tomorrow. Mr Deshmukh's ruling came on a notice vide Rule 289 for a discussion on the issue setting aside all the regular business before the House, given by Leader of the Opposition Pandurang Phundkar, Nitin Gadkari (both from BJP), Madhukar Sarpotdar and Diwakar Raote (both from Shiv Sena) and several others.

As soon as the Chairman gave his ruling, Opposition members, some of whom were wearing saffron caps and white T-shirts printed with slogans, trooped into the well of the House, raising slogans. The members said that as the issue was important, any discussion on it could not wait till tomorrow.

Amid the din,the Minister for Finance Jayant Patil tabled the supplementary demands for 2007-2008 in the House and Mr Deshmukh announced the panel of officiating chairmen for the current session.

As the noisy scenes continued, Mr Deshmukh adjourned the proceedings for the day. Earlier, Mr Deshmukh adjourned the proceedings for 15 minutes as no minister concerned with the issue was present in the House to state the government's stance on the notice for the resolution from the opposition. MORE UNI

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