Uproarious SP members stage walkout over MSP

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Lucknow, Feb 26: The main opposition Samajwadi Party (SP) members today staged a noisy protest in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly, demanding announcement of bonus by the state government on the Minimum Support Price (MSP) declared by the Centre on the foodgrain procurement.

The SP, which was staging demonstration inside and outside Parliament today, also raked up the issue in the Assembly leading to adjournment of the House for 15 minutes after it assembled for the day.

Supported by the Congress, the uprorious SP members trouped into the well of the House and ranted anti-government slogans.

Later, they staged a noisy walkout, when the government refused to announce any bonus on the MSP.

When speaker Sukhdeo Rajbhawar allowed the SP leaders to speak during the zero hour, Naresh Agarwal said leader of opposition in the House Mulayam Singh Yadav was leading a demonstration at Delhi to protest the scanty MSP announced by the Centre and demand bonus on the farmers produce from the state government. He said the Rs 1,000 MSP per quintal was very less against the produce cost of wheat, which was around Rs 950 per quintal.

The members also demanded that the Swaminathan report should be implemented for the betterment of the farmers.

Replying to the adjournment motion, State Parliamentary Affairs Minister Lalji Verma said the state had already suggested the Centre about MSP on wheat to be around Rs 1150 per quintal and of the paddy to Rs 1050 per quintal.

Refusing to announce any bonus to the farmers on their produce, Mr Verma said the present government in the state was pro to the farmers problem and had already intiated several steps to counter their problems.


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