Gandhinagar: 20 Congress MLAs were suspended for a day from the Gujarat Assembly after they rushed to the well of the House demanding discussion on recent unseasonal rains which affected farmers in the state.
Earlier, the House was adjourned for more than 40 minutes on the same issue.
Congress chief whip Balwantsinh Rajput today demanded in the House that there should be immediate discussion on losses suffered by farmers due to unseasonal rains and hailstorm in the last few days.
Speaker Ganpat Vasava told Rajput that his 'urgent attention call notice' to discuss the unseasonal rains and their effect on crops of farmers has been accepted by him and he would schedule the discussion on the issue in next one or two days.
He also told Rajput that it would not be proper as per the rules of the Legislative Assembly to discuss the issue immediately.
The Congress member, however, insisted that they would like to have an immediate discussion on the issue, a demand which the Speaker refused.
After Speaker's refusal to discuss the issue, around 20 MLAs of the Opposition party rushed to the well of the House shouting slogans and carrying banners against the state government.
Speaker suspended all the 20 Congress MLAs, who had rushed to the well of the House, for a day from the Assembly. The Speaker had to call marshals to evacuate them.
Leader of Opposition Shankarsinh Vaghela and some other Congress MLAs walked out of the House in protest against the suspension of their 20 MLAs.
Earlier, when the House assembled for the question and answer session, Dehgam MLA Kamini Rathod raised the issue of losses suffered by farmers due to the unseasonal rains and hailstorm in some places of the state.
Speaker Vasava desisted her from deviating from the topic. After that, Congress members started shouting anti-government and pro-farmer slogans sitting on their places, which led Speaker to adjourn the House for about 40 minutes.
"We just wanted discussion on the issue of farmers. Government should have come forward and made a statement on the issue but instead they did not want to discuss it," Vaghela later told reporters.