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Bhubaneswar: Last two days of the State Assembly went by without much discussion apart from the tabling of State Budget after protests against the remarks of Prime Minister Modi on Odisha’s poverty in Uttar Pradesh. On Tuesday, the heat of the unsold tomatoes of farmers stalled the Assembly till Wednesday after Congress members created uproar.

Opposition party chief whip Taraprasad Bahinipati had raised the issue of farmers throwing tomatoes on the roads to protest not being able to sell their produce. He cited instances in Keonjhar and Koraput, Bargarh and so on where farmers threw away various vegetables and alleged the state government is sitting quietly about it.

Bahinipati and other Congress leaders demanded compensation for farmers and entered the well of the House.

The Speaker Niranjan Pujari first adjourned the House at 11.34 am for 15 minutes and then again when the session began the pandemonium continued and hence adjourned till 3 pm. Opposition leader Narasingha Mishra said until the state government compensates the farmers, they will continue uproar.

Finally, the Assembly was adjourned till Wednesday.

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