MLAs come in bullock carts to State Assembly on farmers issue

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Patna, Mar 6 (UNI) A few RJD legislators today chose to ride bullock carts to reach Bihar Assembly to draw the attention of the state government towards the problems of the farmers.

RJD MLA from Dhanha Assembly segment Rajesh Singh, Akhtarul Imam MLA from Kishanganj and Bima Bharti from Rupauli assembly constituency boarded a sugarcane ladden bullock cart and arrived at the state assembly to attend the ongoing budget session of the Lower House. Other MLAs of the RJD also joined their colleagues on bullock carts near the gate of the assembly premises and shouted anti-government slogans.

They were demanding revival of closed sugar mills, clearance of dues of the sugarcane farmers, checking of ''black-marketing'' of fertilisers, streamlining canal systems and providing adequate price of the sugarcane. They dubbed the state government as 'anti-farmer'', saying that the sugarcane farmers were being forced to destroy their yield as they were deprived of the adequate price of their produce.

The RJD MLAs tried to enter the Lower House with sugarcane sticks, but were prevented from doing so. Later BJP member Bhola Prasad Singh objected to the manner in which the RJD legislators had chosen to arrive at the House, saying that if the trend continued, some members may reach the House riding a donkey.

The Speaker of the state assembly later announced to take proper action on the matter.

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