Mulayam stalls Assembly over farmers' compensation

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Lucknow, Aug 18: Leader of the Opposition Mulayam Singh Yadav today stalled the proceedings of Uttar Pradesh assembly on the issue of compensation to farmers of Greater Noida disrupting the statement of Chief Minister Mayawati on the implementation of sixth pay commission recommendations.

As the House assembled on the first day of the five-day monsoon session here this morning, the members of opposition parties, including Samajwadi Party, Congress and RLD, were on their feet creating pandemonium while demanding proper compensation to the Greater Noida farmers in lieu of their acquired land.

The issue was raised by Mr Yadav supported by others who indulged in vociferous slogan shouting against the Mayawati government condemning police firing on the farmers of Ghodibacheda in Greater Noida last week. Many of the opposition members stormed into the well of the House while some of them climbed on the tables of the officials sending the House into disorder.

The leader of the Opposition was critical of the state government saying it was anti-farmers.

Despite repeated appeals from Speaker Sukhdev Rajbhar, the members did not budge prompting him to adjourn the House first for about half an hour and later for about eighty minutes till 12.20 hrs. The entire Question hour was wiped out owing to the pandemonium.

Earlier, as the din continued to prevail in the House, the Chief Minister could not read out her statement on implementation of pay commission report. She left the House in a huff saying her statement should be taken as read.


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