Opposition BJP MLAs from Jharkhand staged a ruckus in the assembly demanding ‘famine-hit’ status for the state.

The second day of the monsoon session of the Jharkhand Assembly witnessed rowdy scenes as opposition BJP members staged a ruckus demanding the government declare the state drought-hit, asking the Speaker to adjourn the proceedings. First till 12.30 pm and then till 2 pm.

As the House convened around 11 am on Monday, BJP members, dressed in traditional peasant attire, entered the well of the House with their demand, disrupting the question interval.

As soon as Chief Minister Hemant Soren entered the House, the ruckus increased manifold. Despite assurances from Speaker Rabindranath Mehto and Rural Development Minister Alamgir Alam that there would be a special discussion on the issue in the second half, BJP MLAs continued their protest.

The Speaker then adjourned the proceedings till 12.30 pm. Later, when members sat for the second time at 12.35 pm, Finance Minister Rameshwar Oraon presented a supplementary budget of Rs 3,436.56 crore for 2022-23 even as protests by saffron party lawmakers did not abate. Unable to control the uproar, Mahato adjourned the House for the second time till 2 pm.

During the opening of the six-day monsoon session on July 29, the Speaker drew the attention of the members to the plight of farmers amid drought-like conditions due to deficient rains.

Rainfall deficit in the state is about 40%. 12 out of 24 districts received below normal rainfall. He said that when we sit to discuss many issues, we have to include the plight of farmers so that a meaningful solution can be found in this House.

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