In Maharashtra Assembly, Opposition Corners Government Over Farmers' Suicides

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In Maharashtra Assembly, Opposition Corners Government Over Farmers' Suicides

Congress and NCP leaders protesting outside Maharashtra assembly

Mumbai:  The Opposition in the Maharashtra Assembly organised a sit in protest outside the assembly building today over the issue of farmers' suicide in the state.

Protesting against the Devendra Fadnavis government, the protesters demanded total loan waiver for farmers and immediate steps to provide relief to drought-hit regions.

The Congress has been demanding the resignation of Education Minister Vinod Tawde over alleged violation of the code of conduct for ministers.

Former chief minister of Maharashtra Prithviraj Chavan told reporters, "There has to be a clarification from Chief Minister on Vinod Tawde...and only then discussions in assembly can go on."

Reacting to MNS chief Raj Thackeray's statement that his party workers will burn new autos on the roads, claiming that 70 per cent of the new permits have been given to non-Marathis, Mr. Chavan said: "It shows how law and order has completely broken down in the state."

The Assembly had to be adjourned twice due to the protest by the Opposition. It commenced only after an assurance from Chief Minister Fadnavis that he would issue a clarification.

The budget session of state Legislature began in Mumbai yesterday, with the Governor's address. The budget will be tabled on March 18.

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