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Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, other opposition leaders stage Thiyya agitation inside Maharashtra assembly

Leader of Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil and other opposition leaders staged a Thiyya agitation inside Maharashtra assembly late last night.

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Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, other opposition leaders stage Thiyya agitation inside Maharashtra assembly
Maharashtra Leader of Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil
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State assembly witnessed unprecedented agitation late last night when opposition MLAs sat down in the well of the House after speaker Haribhau Bagde adjourned the assembly at 12.30 in the midnight. Leader of Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil and other opposition leaders staged a Thiyya agitation (sitting down at one place) inside the assembly for the over half an hour and ended it after Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis spoke to him ovthe er phone. 

The Opposition had demanded to know how many affected cotton farmers, hit by attack of paste Pink bollworm, were given compensation after the government had announced Rs 37,500 assistance during the winter session of the assembly. Vikhe-Patil and other opposition members told the Speaker that they were not satisfied with the reply given by Minister of state for agriculture Sadabhau Khot.

Fadnavis assured the Opposition that he would come back from New Delhi on Tuesday morning and make a statement over compensation to cotton farmers. 

Vikhe-Patil, former Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and MLAs Jayant Patil and Shashikant Shinde asked Khot as to what was the amount of compensation per hectare or per acre given to cotton growers. Khot maintained that Rs 1009 crores have been disbursed so far and did not give amount per hectare. 

After opposition insisted for the satisfactory reply, Khot time and again maintained that money would be paid to farmers in a phased manner through National disaster relief fund. He also said that the government would ensure that pesticide company pays compensation to farmers and action in this regard is already in the process. 

After speaker adjourned the House at 12:30 am in the midnight, Vikhe-Patil said that the opposition would stage Thiyya agitation and sat in the well of the House. Around 15 Opposition MLAs including Shahsikant Shinde, Sunil Kedar, Gopaldas Agrawal, Sanjiv Naik, Vaibhav Pichad, Jaikumar Gore were present in the House and came to the Well of the House.

Speaker Haribhau Bagde tried to convince opposition members but in vain. Following this, Parliamentary Affairs Minister tried to convince Vikhe-Patil to withdraw the Thiyya agitation but did not succeed. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis who was in New Delhi then called Vikhe-Patil over phone and assured that he would make a statement in the House on this issue on Tuesday morning. 

Following Fadnavis’ assurance, Vikhe-Patil and other opposition MLAs ended their agitation which lasted for 34 minutes. 

Vikhe-Patil said that he had not withdrawn the agitation but only suspended it for the time being. He said that after listening to the Chief Minister’s reply in the morning, further course of action would be taken.

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