Shah's speech disrupted by TMC members in RS

Shah's speech disrupted by TMC members in RS

BJP President Amit Shah speaks in the Rajya Sabha during the Monsoon session of Parliament, in New Delhi on Tuesday. PTI

Protests by Trinamool Congress members over Assam's National Register of Citizens (NRC) and other issues in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday disrupted BJP President Amit Shah's speech on farmers' issues, forcing the premature adjournment of the House.

The House, which had functioned smoothly during the first half of the day, saw its proceedings disrupted soon after Shah initiated a short duration discussion on the increase in Minimum Support Price (MSP) of Kharif crops and challenges in the agriculture sector.

When Shah started speaking on farmers issue, TMC members trooped into the Well raising slogans and demanding that their privilege notice under Rule 267 that prescribes suspension of all business to take up a matter, be admitted.

This prompted Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu to adjourned the House twice and for a day when the protests by TMC members continued.

Initiating the speech, Shah said the NDA government had taken several steps to boost agriculture and a huge budget has been allocated during the period 2014-2018.

"The budget for the agriculture sector has been increased by 75 % in the last four years. During 2009-2014, the budget on agriculture was Rs 1,21,082 crore. It has been increased to Rs 2,11,394 in 2014-2018," Shah said.