Jaipur: The Rajasthan legislative assembly
on Monday witnessed uproarious scenes with opposition BJP members
staging a sit-in in the Well demanding a relief package for
farmers whose crops had been damaged recently.
Dissatisfied with Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shanti
Dhariwal`s statement over the issue, they trooped into the
Well and staged the sit-in.
Dhariwal said the government wanted to give adequate
compensation to the affected farmers but the Opposition was
politicising the issue.
He said the work to prepare a report to assess the
damage caused to crops due to frost and the cold wave was
After receiving the report, the state government would
apprise the Union government about the losses suffered by the
farmers so that they could be compensated, the Minister said
in the statement.
Leader of the Opposition Vasundhara Raje said during her
regime, the relief package was given within a short period but
the Ashok Gehlot government was not serious on the issue.
BJP member Rajendra Rathore asked Dhariwal to clarify
whether the government would give the compensation from its
own resources or would seek it from the Centre.
Not satisfied with the Minister`s response, the BJP
members and an Independent staged the sit-in.
Earlier, the House witnessed uproarious scenes over the
issue and was adjourned for an hour.
Raising the issue, Raje said the Minister had assured the
House on February 28 that the government was ready with a
statement on the matter.
Nothing had happened and the government should give a
statement in the House today itself, she said.
The House witnessed an uproar over the issue with BJP
members storming the Well.
As the din continued, the Speaker adjourned the House
for an hour.
When the House re-assembled, Dhariwal made the
statement. Later, Deputy Speaker Ramnarayan Meena took up the
Three bills for setting up of private universities in
the state were passed by voice vote.