Bhopal: The Madhya Pradesh Assembly on Tuesday witnessed an outcry over the issue of forgiveness of agricultural loans, after which the House was adjourned for five minutes.

When the House convened, opposition members of Congress staged a walkout on the issue. Congressman Kunal Choudhary raised the issue during Question Time when he asked the state government whether it would continue to forgo loans from “leftover farmers”, in line with the initiative taken during the previous government of Kamal Nath.

However, Agriculture Minister Kamal Patel alleged that Congress had misled farmers on the issue of forgiveness of the loan. Members of Congress opposed the statement and said the current BJP-led government admitted that loans from 27 lakh farmers were canceled during the previous Congressional government led by Kamal Nath.

The state government should now clarify whether or not it would forgo loans from the remaining farmers, they asked. This led to noisy scenes as ruling members and the opposition began to speak simultaneously.

State Parliamentary Affairs Minister Narottam Mishra said no farmer had received a loan waiver worth Rs 2 lakh during the reign of Congress. Later, Congressmen Priyavrat Singh, Govind Singh, Sajjan Singh and others called the BJP government “anti-farmer”.

This was followed by heated discussions between the opposition and the treasury banks. Speaker Girish Gautam then adjourned the House for five minutes. When the House met, discussion of the matter continued. Amid the uproar, members of Congress staged a walkout.

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Posted on: Tuesday March 09, 2021 15:39 IST

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