Hyderabad: The TRS MPs brought the Parliament to a stand still, forcing the adjournment of both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, as they demanded that the Centre address the issues of paddy procurement and also gazette notification issued by the Centre taking over the irrigation projects on Godavari and Krishna rivers. Later, they staged protests at the statue of Mahatma Gandhi on the Parliament premises demanding that the Centre announce the National Farm Produce Policy.
Soon after the Lok Sabha commenced, Speaker Om Birla administered the oath of office to the new members. Even as the Question Hour began, the Opposition parties demanded a discussion on farmers issues. The TRS members led by TRS Lok Sabha floor leader Nama Nageshwara Rao raised slogans and displayed placards. They trooped into the Speaker’s podium, demanding that the Central government announce its policy on paddy procurement and wanted the paddy lying in the market yards of Telangana, lifted immediately. With this, Speaker Om Birla adjourned the House till 12 noon.
In Rajya Sabha, Uttar Pradesh MP GVL Narasimha Rao raised a question on gazette notification issued over construction of irrigation projects on the Godavari and Krishna Rivers and sought to know what action would be taken if any State violated the gazette notification. While the Union Minister concerned was asked to respond, the TRS MPs started raising slogans. Rajya Sabha Chairman and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu warned the TRS members and asked them not to rush into the well. He even mentioned the name of MP Banda Prakash and asked TRS Parliamentary party leader K Keshava Rao to control his colleague. As the MPs did not heed, Chairman Venkaiah Naidu adjourned the House till 2 pm.
Earlier, TRS MP K Keshava Rao gave an adjournment motion in the Rajya Sabha on paddy procurement in Telangana, but it was rejected by the Chairman, following which the TRS MPs raised slogans.
After both the Houses were adjourned, the TRS MPs K Keshava Rao, Nama Nageshwara Rao, KR Suresh Reddy, Banda Prakash, Joginapally Santosh Kumar, G Ranjith Reddy, BB Patil, Manne Srinivas Reddy, P Ramulu, B Venkatesh Netha and others staged protests at the statue of Mahatma Gandhi on the Parliament premises. They displayed placards demanding that the Central government announce the National Farm Produce Policy to support farmers and developing States like Telangana.
The Parliament members said due to pro-farmer initiatives by Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao, farmers in Telangana were receiving adequate irrigation water, fertilisers, seeds, Rythu Bandhu farm incentive, uninterrupted and quality power supply among others. As a result, the farm yield has increased significantly in the State. They demanded that the Union government which has repealed the contentious Farm Laws, must adopt pro-farmer policies.
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