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Eight Indian MPs suspended over chaotic Parliament protests

Eight Indian MPs suspended over chaotic Parliament protests
NEW DELHI: Eight Indian lawmakers were suspended from Parliament Monday for unruly behaviour after opposition to contentious new farming legislation sparked some of the most chaotic scenes in...

Top Story September 22, 2020 NEW DELHI: Eight Indian lawmakers were suspended from Parliament Monday for "unruly behaviour" after opposition to contentious new farming legislation sparked some of the most chaotic scenes in recent years.Debt, drought, extreme weather and poor infrastructure and coordination — large amounts of produce rots before it reaches market — have driven thousands of farmers to suicide in recent years.The government says this will increase farmers´ earnings and encourage investment and modernisation.But critics say that it will give the private sector excessive influence.

MPs in the Upper House had on Sunday torn up copies of the legislation, broke microphones, hurled copies of the parliamentary rule book and staged a sit-in protest once proceedings were adjourned after a tumultuous day.The new legislation breaks the system of all farmers selling produce to government-regulated markets at fixed prices by freeing them up to supply to any buyer they choose.

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